Sam Groth, 28, will make his Olympic debut in Rio in the men’s singles after a last minute call up to the Australian Olympic Team.
Groth took up the sport at the age of 10 in Corowa, NSW, and has gone on to reach a career high world ranking of 53 in singles last year after making a decision to focus on singles over doubles.
He was awarded the Newcombe medal last year, Australia's top annual tennis prize. It came after he won two second-tier Challenger events, in Taipei and Manchester, and helped Australia to the Davis Cup semi-finals. He also reached the third-round of a major for the first time at the 2015 Australian Open. Since then he has seen a slight drop in form with his current ranking 168.
Groth made the decision to focus on tennis over AFL at 16, moving to Melbourne to train. In 2011, he switched sports to play AFL for the Vermont Eagles in Melbourne, but returned to play tennis in 2012. His favourite team in the AFL is the Sydney Swans.
The right-handed player is well known as the fastest serve on record, registering 163.4 mph (263 kph), at the 2012 ATP Challenger in Busan, Korea.
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- Rio 2016 will be debut.
- 1st round (singles) - 2016 Citi Open (Washington D.C, USA)
- 1st round (singles) - 2016 Washington (London, Great Britain)
- 2nd round (singles) - 2016 Mercedes Cup (Stuttgart, Germany)
- Quarter-finals (singles) - 2016 Aegon Manchester Trophy (Manchester, Great Britain)
- 1st round (singles) - 2016 French Open (Paris, France)
- 3rd Round Wimbledon 2015
- 3rd Round Australian Open 2015
- Australian Davis Cup team member semi final 2015
- Corowa Public School (NSW, Australia)
- Xavier High School (NSW, Australia)
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