Sam Groth

  • Age29
  • Born19 October 1987
  • Birth PlaceNarrandera, New South Wales
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height194 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2004
“It's not like I'm in a bad place mentally or I feel bad with my life. It was just a bad tennis year and hopefully now I can bounce back.”

— Sam Groth, 3 Jan 2017

» Groth through in Brisbane

On court

  • Learned to play tennis, aged 10, on the grass courts of Corowa, NSW.
  • Family moved from Albury to Melbourne in 2005 so they could follow the pursuit of his tennis ambitions.
  • Reached the final of the 2005 Wimbledon Boys’ Doubles Championship.
  • Broke into the world’s top 300 in mid 2008, following consistent results at ITF and Challenger level.
  • Played in his first Grand Slam event at the 2009 Australian Open, losing to No.23-seeded American Mardy Fish in the first round.
  • Claimed his maiden ITF Futures Pro Circuit title in Alabama in 2009.
  • Secured further ITF success in 2010, with back-to back wins in Turkey and Bendigo.
  • Hit the fastest serve on record, registering 163.4 mph (263 kph), at the 2012 ATP Challenger in Busan, Korea (note: the ATP does not officially recognise serving speed records because of the variance in radar guns it confirmed “the event was using approved equipment, and that other data gathered appeared within a normal range.”). The previous fastest was an Ivo Karlovic 251 km/h serve.
  • Dream is to achieve a top 10 singles ranking, win a Wimbledon trophy and represent Australia in the Davis Cup.

Off court

  • Loves the Sydney Swans.

Year-end singles ranking history

2015 60
2014 81
2013 172
2012 218
2011 575
2010 293
2009 270
2008 265
2007 421
2006 686
2005 1367




2016 Las Vegas Challenger

2015 Taipei Challenger, Manchester Challenger

2014 Rimouski Challenger

2013 Mildura ITF

2012 Australia F3 ITF, Korea F1 ITF,

2010 Turkey F9 ITF, Turkey F10 ITF, Australia F13 ITF

2009 U.S.A F7 ITF


2014 Leon Challenger, Nottingham Challenger, Knoxville Challenger

2013 Champaign Challenger

2012 Burnie Challenger, Korea F2 ITF, Alice Springs F6

2010 Australia F12 ITF,

2009 Uzbekistan Challenger

2007 Australia F7 ITF

2006 Australia F12 ITF

Sam Groth in the news

De Minaur, Whittington advance at Indian Wells
Alex De Minaur will play at his home tournament in Sydney
8 March, 2017

Alex De Minaur and Andrew Whittington stand one win from the Indian Wells main draw after winning their first-round qualifying matches on Tuesday.
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Peers & Groth wrap up Davis Cup victory
Peers and Groth celebrate the 6-3 6-2 6-2 win. Photo: Getty Images
4 February, 2017

John Peers and Sam Groth have secured Australia's place in the Davis Cup quarterfinals with a straight sets win in the doubles.
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Debutant Thompson to open Davis Cup
Jordan Thompson is making his Davis Cup debut. Photo: Elizabeth Xue Bai
2 February, 2017

Jordan Thompson, playing his first tie for Australia, will open the host's Davis Cup campaign against Czech Republic when he takes on Jiri Vesely.
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Davis Cup video: Australia v Czech Republic
Australia v Czech Republic
1 February, 2017

From match highlights to interviews and features, watch all of the Davis Cup videos here.
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