Sam Groth

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Samuel Groth
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Country  Australia
Residence Narrandera, New South Wales
Born (1987-10-19) 19 October 1987 (age 27)
Narrandera, New South Wales
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $984,377
Singles
Career record 19–29 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 68 (4 May 2015)
Current ranking No. 71 (11 May 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2015)
French Open 1R (2015)
Wimbledon 1R (2014)
US Open 2R (2014)
Doubles
Career record 33–31 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 24 (2 February 2015)
Current ranking No. 35 (27 April 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2015)
French Open SF (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
US Open 2R (2014)
Last updated on: 4 May 2015.

Samuel "Sam" Groth (born 19 October 1987) is a professional Australian tennis player. His highest ATP singles ranking is World No. 68, which he reached in May 2015. His career high in doubles was World No. 24, also reached in February 2015. Groth's best singles result to date is a semi-final appearance at the 2014 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. He is best known for hitting the fastest serve on record at 263 km/h (163.4 mph) in 2012 at the ATP Challenger in Busan.

Personal life[edit]

Groth was born in Narrandera, New South Wales and grew up in the Riverina area of southern New South Wales. From 2009 to 2011, he was married to Jarmila Gajdošová who competed under the name Jarmila Groth during this time.[1] Groth is an avid supporter of the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League.[2]

Tennis career[edit]

Juniors[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.[3]

2007 through 2013[edit]

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.

Helped by a large frame (6 foot 4, 215 lbs), 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.[4]

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.

2014[edit]

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,[5] 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.

At the 2014 French Open, Groth made it to the last round of qualifying, but lost to Simone Bolelli 4-6, 2-6. This was his best French Open result to date. He partnered Andrey Golubev in the Men's doubles, where they made it to the semi final. This increased his doubles ranking to a career high of #41. In June, Groth made the final of the 2014 Aegon Nottingham Challenge but lost to compatriot Nick Kyrgios 6-7, 6-7. Groth made his WImbledon debut after winning his way through qualifying, but lost in round 1 to Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets. In July. Groth entered the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, where he reached his maiden ATP semi-final, defeating defending champion Nicolas Mahut in the quarter finals. This achievemant broke him into the top 100 rankings for the first time.[6]

In August, Groth won his first Grand Slam match, defeating Albert Ramos-Viñolas 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the 2014 US Open. In the second round, he was defeated by Roger Federer in straight sets 4-6, 4-6, 4-6.

2015[edit]

Groth commenced this 2015 season at the 2015 Brisbane International, where he was awarded a wild card into the main draw. He defeated defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in round one, and then Łukasz Kubot in the secound round before losing to eventual finalist Milos Raonic in the quarter finals 6-7, 6-3, 6-7. At the Australian Open, Groth defeated Filip Krajinović in round one, Thanasi Kokkinakis in round two before losing to Bernard Tomic in round 3. This was his best grand slam performance to date. In February, Groth headed to North America and lost in round 2 of Memphis to eventual runner-up Kevin Anderson. Groth lost in round 1 of Delray, Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami. He then played the 2015 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships and defeated Víctor Estrella Burgos in the first round. He then played top seed Feliciano López in the second round but lost in straight sets. Groth then played at the Santaizi Challenger as the 2nd seed. He cruised through to the final where he defeated Konstantin Kravchuk to win the title. His next tournament was the Busan Open where he again was the 2nd seed. He defeated compatriot Alex Bolt in the first round but then lost to Franco Skugor.

Australian football[edit]

Groth was a member of Vermont Football Club reserve squad during a hiatus from tennis in 2011.[7]

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
Year-End Championships (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 20 July 2014 Claro Open Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia Hard Australia Chris Guccione Colombia Nicolás Barrientos
Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), [11–9]
Runner-up 1. 3 August 2014 Citi Open, Washington DC., United States Hard India Leander Paes Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 27 September 2014 Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China Hard Australia Chris Guccione Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 4. 19 October 2014 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Australia Chris Guccione Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Jiří Veselý
6–7(2–7), 5–7

Tour titles[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (2)
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 Pavić 7-6(7–3), 6-2
9. 3 May 2015 Taiwan Santaizi Hard Russia Konstantin Kravchuk 6-7(5–7), 6-4, 7-6(7–3)

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current till 2015 Australian Open.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open Q2 1R Q1 Q1 A Q1 1R 3R 2–3
French Open A A A A A A Q3 0–0
Wimbledon A Q1 A A A Q2 1R 0–1
US Open Q2 Q1 A A A Q1 2R 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–1 3–5

Grand Slam Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Current till 2014 US Open.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 2R A 2R 1R 2–6
French Open A A A A A A SF 4–1
Wimbledon A A A A A 2R 1R 1–2
US Open A A A A A A 2R 0–0
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 4–3 7–9

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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