And Australia’s top Tennis Award goes to Sam Groths. To some it might come as a surprise but others might feel he is worthy of such a prestigious award. According to The Guardian, The 28-year-old big serving Groth “was presented the award by John Newcombe in Melbourne on Monday night after his most consistent year in the sport.”
The ABC Net AU quoted Newcombe as saying, “Sam’s done exceptionally well,” he said. “He’s a tough competitor out there now. The guys hate playing him, someone who serve-volleys all the time and has some big weapons.” He further stated that Groth’s style of play is praiseworthy and deserves every bit of the attention.
The much popular Victorian, Groth, won two second-tier Challenger events, in Taipei and Manchester, and also helped Australia to the Davis Cup semi-finals. He made it to the third-round of a grand slam for the first time at the 2015 Australian Open. Even his form at Wimbledon was impressive but he later lost to Roger Federer in four sets.
The Guardian wrote, “Fellow Australians Bernard Tomic (world No. 18) and Nick Kyrgios (No. 30) out-rank Groth, the world No. 60, but were not nominated due to off-court indiscretions.” It seems Tennis Australia included a “best ambassador” focus alongside outstanding elite performance.
According to sources, Groth also holds the world record for the “fastest serve recorded for a 263km/h missile sent down at the 2012 Busan Open.”
The other nominees for the award included Dylan Alcott, Casey Dellacqua, Thanasi Kokkinakis, John Peers and Stosur.
Groth started playing amateur Australian Rules football in Melbourne, but later went on to join tennis. This is one of the most remarkable achievements for Groth and he set an example for young budding tennis players.
He has a long way to go from now and this award would surely boost his confidence.