Samuel Groth

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Samuel Groth
Samuel Groth.jpg
Country  Australia
Residence Narrandera, New South Wales
Born (1987-10-19) 19 October 1987 (age 26)
Narrandera, New South Wales
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $328,507
Singles
Career record 5–7 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 136 (7 April 2014)
Current ranking No. 136 (7 April 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2009, 2014)
French Open Q1 (2013)
Wimbledon Q2 (2013)
US Open Q2 (2008)
Doubles
Career record 6–8 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 78 (23 September 2013)
Current ranking No. 85 (6 January 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2011, 2013)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
Last updated on: 6 January 2014.

Samuel (Sam) Groth (born 19 October 1987) is a professional Australian tennis player. His highest ATP singles ranking is World No. 136, which he reached on 7 April 2014. His career high in doubles was World No. 78 in September 2013. He is best known for hitting the fastest serve on record at 163.4 mph (263 km/h) in 2012 at the ATP Challenger in Busan. Association of Tennis Professionals does not formally recognise this serve speed record: Ivo Karlovic still holds the official record for the fastest serve of 251 km/h (156 mph).

Tennis career[edit]

Groth and Andrew Kennaugh of Great Britain lost in the finals of the 2005 Wimbledon boys' doubles championship to Jesse Levine and Michael Shabaz 6–4, 6–1.[1]

Groth beat Mark Philippoussis in a 2007 match; Philippoussis has focused on the seniors tour since then. Groth qualified for the ATP event in Nottingham where he defeated Britain's Jamie Baker 7–6, 6–3 in the first round. He played well, but lost his second round match to seeded Gilles Simon 7–6, 4–6, 4–6.

He holds the record for the 2009 Australian Open for the fastest serve by a male individual (232 km/h). He lost in the qualification to Wimbledon 2009 to Jesse Levine 4-6, 7-6, 5-7.[1]

In 2012, in an ATP Challenger in Busan, Groth hit the fastest serve on record at 163.4 mph (263 km/h) which was an ace, but Groth still lost to Uladzimir Ignatik - 4-6, 3-6.[2]

In November 2013, made the final of the Champaign Challenger, eventually losing in 3 tight sets to Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 3-6, 6-7. However, by reaching the final there, and the semi final of Toyota Challenger the following week, his ranking improved to a career high of #173.

In 2014, Groth was awarded a wild card into the main draw at the Brisbane International where he made the quarter finals. This is his first ATP World Tour quarter final appearance.

On January 8, Groth was awarded a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open [3] but lost in round one to 28th seed, Vasek Pospisil in straight sets.

In March, Groth qualified for Indian Wells Masters but lost in round 1 to Mikhail Kukushkin, 4-7 in the third set tie-break.

On the 17th of March, Groth entered and won the Rimouski Challenger in Canada. This was his first Challenger tour title. Two weeks later, he made the final of the León Challenger, but lost to #1 seed, Rajeev Ram. This gave him a new career high ranking of 136.

Personal[edit]

From 2009 to 2011, Groth was married to Jarmila Gajdošová who competed under the name Jarmila Groth during this time.[4]

Tour titles[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (1)
Futures (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 5 April 2009 United States Mobile, Alabama Hard United States Jesse Witten 6–2, 3–0 ret
2. 3 October 2010 Turkey Antalya Hard Moldova Radu Albot 6–3, 6–1
3. 10 October 2010 Turkey Antalya Hard Ukraine Artem Smirnov 6–4, 6–2
4. 5 December 2010 Australia Bendigo Plexicushion Australia Benjamin Mitchell 7–6(9–7), 6–4
5. 25 March 2012 Australia Ipswich, Queensland Clay Australia Jason Kubler 5–7, 6–3, 6–2
6. 20 May 2012 South Korea Daegu Hard Denmark Frederik Nielsen 6–7, 6–4, 6–1
7. 24 February 2013 Australia Mildura Grass Australia James Lemke 6-1, 6-4
8. 24 March 2014 Canada Rimouski Hard Croatia Ante Pavic 7-6(7–3), 6-2

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Records
Preceded by
Croatia Ivo Karlović
Fastest serve world record holder
12 May 2012 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent