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

Sela meets Struff in Canberra final
Dudi Sela (ISR) in action during day seven of the East Hotel Canberra Challenger. Match was played at the Canberra Tennis Centre in Lyneham, Canberra, ACT on Friday 13 January 2017 #eastCBRCH #TennisACT. Photo: Ben Southall.
13 January, 2017

Israeli Dudi Sela will take on German top seed Jan-Lennard Struff in Canberra in a bid for his 21st ATP Challenger title.
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Confident Groth into Canberra quarters
Sam Groth (AUS) in action during day four of the East Hotel Canberra Challenger. Match was played at the Canberra Tennis Centre in Lyneham, Canberra, ACT on Tuesday 10 January 2017 #eastCBRCH #TennisACT. Photo: Ben Southall.
11 January, 2017

Sam Groth ousts second seed Gerald Melzer to advance to the quarterfinals of the Canberra ATP Challenger.
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Local Frawley takes his place in Canberra Challenger
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 29:  James Frawley and Nick Kyrgios of Australia  competes against  Raven Klaasen of RSA and Rajeev Ram of USA  during the 2015 ATP Malaysian Open at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on September 29, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by How Foo Yeen/Getty Images)
9 January, 2017

Local James Frawley will make his ATP Challenger debut in Canberra among a dozen Australians including Sam Groth.
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Thiem downs Groth in Brisbane
Sam Groth was beaten in straight sets by Dominic Thiem. Photo: Getty Images
5 January, 2017

Sam Groth is out of the Brisbane International after being beaten in straight sets by Austria's Dominic Thiem.
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