|Residence||Narrandera, New South Wales|
19 October 1987 |
Narrandera, New South Wales
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||19–29 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)|
|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)|
|US Open||2R (2014)|
|Career record||33–31 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)|
|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)|
|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.
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. Groth is an avid supporter of the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League.
2007 through 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ATP career finals
Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)
|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)|
|Winner||1.||20 July 2014||Claro Open Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia||Hard||Chris Guccione|| Nicolás Barrientos
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||Leander Paes|| Jean-Julien Rojer
|Runner-up||2.||27 September 2014||Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China||Hard||Chris Guccione|| Jean-Julien Rojer
|Runner-up||4.||19 October 2014||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Chris Guccione|| František Čermák
|Grand Slam (0)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0)|
|ATP Masters Series (0)|
|ATP Tour (0)|
|1.||5 April 2009||Mobile, Alabama||Hard||Jesse Witten||6–2, 3–0 ret|
|2.||3 October 2010||Antalya||Hard||Radu Albot||6–3, 6–1|
|3.||10 October 2010||Antalya||Hard||Artem Smirnov||6–4, 6–2|
|4.||5 December 2010||Bendigo||Plexicushion||Benjamin Mitchell||7–6(9–7), 6–4|
|5.||25 March 2012||Ipswich, Queensland||Clay||Jason Kubler||5–7, 6–3, 6–2|
|6.||20 May 2012||Daegu||Hard||Frederik Nielsen||6–7, 6–4, 6–1|
|7.||24 February 2013||Mildura||Grass||James Lemke||6-1, 6-4|
|8.||24 March 2014||Rimouski||Hard||Ante Pavić||7-6(7–3), 6-2|
|9.||3 May 2015||Santaizi||Hard||Konstantin Kravchuk||6-7(5–7), 6-4, 7-6(7–3)|
Grand Slam Singles performance timeline
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.
Grand Slam Doubles performance timeline
Current till 2014 US Open.
- "Gajdosova flying the flag for Australia". 3 January 2009.
- Tennis Australia Profile - Sam Groth
- "University of Miami Online High School Student Wins Junior Doubles at Wimbledon," ereleases.com, 12 July 2005, Retrieved 15 July 2009
- "Aussie smashes tennis serve speed record". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- "GROTH UPSETS DEFENDING CHAMPION IN NEWPORT, MEETS KARLOVIC IN SFS". ATP World Tour. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "Solid Groth's back on the ball". 21 May 2013.
- Sam Groth at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Sam Groth at the International Tennis Federation
- Sam Groth profile on Tennis Australia
- Sam Groth Athletic DNA Profile
|Fastest serve world record holder
12 May 2012 –