“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
- 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.
- Loves the Sydney Swans.
Year-end singles ranking history
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
Former top 60 men's stars Sam Groth and Marinko Matosevic are among the names lining up in the field for the Australian Open 2017 Play-off.
Paralympic gold medallist and Australian Open champion Dylan Alcott has completed an incredible 2016 season by winning the Newcombe Medal.
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.
Sam Groth won his first title in more than a year when he claimed the ATP Challenger title in Las Vegas, while Matt Reid cracked the doubles top 100 after winning the tandem title.