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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

Biggest movers: Ebden making his way back
Matt Ebden in Newport
25 July, 2017

After his run to the ATP final in Newport, Matt Ebden has continued his rapid ascent of the rankings in 2017, and now stands on the verge of a top-150 return.
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Ebden through to Newport semifinals
Matt Ebden kisses the turf after winning through to the semifinals of the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open (photo credit Jennifer Carter)
21 July, 2017

Matt Ebden has reached his first career ATP semifinal after beating Tobias Kamke at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, taking his winning streak to five.
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Ebden continues winning run in Newport
WINNING RUN: Matthew Ebden has powered into the Newport quarterfinals; Getty Images
20 July, 2017

Matthew Ebden upsets sixth seed to advance to quarterfinals.
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Three Australians advance in Newport
FINDING FORM: Sam Groth has scored his first ATP-level win since January to reach the second round in Newport; Getty Images
19 July, 2017

Sam Groth, Akira Santillan and Matthew Ebden are into the second round of the ATP World Tour tournament.
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