Sam Groth

  • Age29
  • Born19 October 1987
  • Birth PlaceNarrandera, New South Wales
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height194 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2004
“Late call up to join the @AUSOlympicTeam in Rio! Couldn't be more pumped #OneTeam #tennis #RoadToRio”

— Sam Groth, 3 Aug 2016

» Late Olympic call-up for Groth

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

Biggest mover: Gavrilova eyeing top 20
Daria Gavrilova in action against Svetlana Kuznetsova during the Kremlin Cup final in Moscow, Russia; Getty Images
13 hours ago

Daria Gavrilova has cemented an Australian Open seeding and is closing in on the top 20, Zhuhai and the Aussie No.1 ranking after her run to the final in Moscow.
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Groth a victor in Vegas
Sam Groth in action during his quarterfinal defeat to Kei Nishikori at the Citi Open in Washington DC; Getty Images
14 hours ago

Sam Groth won his first title in more than a year when he claimed the ATP Challenger title in Las Vegas.
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Biggest movers: Groth on the way back
Sam Groth; Getty Images
18 October, 2016

After a trying 2016 season, Sam Groth has began to climb his way back up the rankings after encouraging form on the Challenger circuit.
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Biggest movers: O’Connell catapults into top 300
Christopher O'Connell in action at the Australian Open 2015 Play-off; Getty Images
27 September, 2016

Christopher O'Connell has broken into the top 300 for the first time after an impressive performance on the ATP Challenger circuit in Romania.
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