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Sam Groth

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AUSTRALIAN
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ATP
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  • Age29
  • Born19 October 1987
  • Birth PlaceNarrandera, New South Wales
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height194 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2004
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“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

 

Titles/Finals

Titles

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

Finals

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

Aussies bow out of French Open qualifying
Sam Groth; Getty Images
24 May, 2017

Marc Polmans is the only Australian remaining in French Open qualifying after a forgettable day for the green-and-gold on Tuesday at Roland Garros.
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US wins doubles, close Davis Cup margin
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07:  Steve Johnson of the USA celebrates victory with doubles team mate Jack Sock after defeating Sam Groth and John Peers of Australia in doubles during the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals between Australia and the USA at Pat Rafter Arena on April 7, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
8 April, 2017

Australia must win one of their two remaining singles matches to progress to the Davis Cup semi-finals after John Peers and Sam Groth were beaten in a five-set doubles…
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Hewitt eyeing special opportunity
The Australian Davis Cup team, from left, John Peers, Sam Groth, Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson in Brisbane; Getty Images
6 April, 2017

Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt is aiming to lead his team into the Davis Cup semifinals.
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Thompson to open Davis Cup quarterfinal
Jordan Thompson during a Davis Cup practice session in Brisbane; Getty Images
6 April, 2017

Jordan Thompson scheduled to play Jack Sock in opening Davis Cup rubber.
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