Sam Groth

  • Age30
  • Born19 October 1987
  • Birth PlaceNarrandera, New South Wales
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height194 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachBilly Heiser
  • Pro Since2004
“Getting out and competing and being away from home became tough.”

— Sam Groth, 24 Oct 2017

» Groth to retire after Australian Open

On court

  • Learned to play tennis, aged 10, on the grass courts of Corowa, NSW.
  • 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.
  • Broke into the world’s top 100 in 2014, following consistent results at ITF and Challenger level.
  • Dream is to achieve a top 10 singles ranking, win a Wimbledon trophy and represent Australia in the Davis Cup.
  • Tennis idols are Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis

Off court

  • Supports the Sydney Swans in the AFL
  • Briefly decided to quit tennis in 2011 following a devastating shoulder injury
  • Nickname on tour is ‘Drago’ because his friends think he looks like Ivan Drago from Rocky IV

Year-end singles ranking history

2016 181
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

Groth to retire after Australian Open
Sam Groth during an Australian team practice session at Kooyong ahead of the Australia v United States Davis Cup tie; Getty Images
24 October, 2017

Sam Groth will hang up his racquets after Australian Open 2018, drawing to a close a distinguished tennis career.
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Aussies in action: US Open Day 5
Ash Barty in action at the 2017 US Open; Getty Images
1 September, 2017

Ash Barty will look to continue her career-best US Open campaign when she takes on Sloane Stephens in an exciting third-round match at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
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US Open qualifying: Aiava, Cabrera, Smith score wins
Destanee Aiava; Getty Images
24 August, 2017

Destanee Aiava, Lizette Cabrera and John-Patrick Smith have joined Akira Santillan in the second round of US Open qualifying after wins in New York on Wednesday.
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Santillan advances in US Open qualifying
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25:  Akira Santillan of Australia in action in his match against Boris Pokotilov of Russia during the Australian Open 2015 Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
23 August, 2017

Australian Akira Santillan took a step closer to the main draw of the US Open with victory on Tuesday at Flushing Meadows.
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