Sam inspires juniors

Tennis champion Sam Groth was back at the net at Narrandera Tennis Club where his career began. Photo: Kieren Tilly.

Tennis champion Sam Groth took part in a meet and greet with local school children at Narrandera’s Tennis Courts last Friday.

Groth was delighted to be back at Narrandera courts where he and his father spent time playing during Christmas holidays.

“I think these events are important for children in regional Australia to meet someone who has gone through what I have achieved and played at an international level having come from a country back-ground,” he said.

After tennis practice, St Joseph’s pupils grilled Mr Groth in regard to his career and how he started as a youngster. He stressed that learning to play tennis not only took time but above all else the most important aspect of the sport of tennis was to enjoy it.

Groth regards playing Roger Federer at Wimbledon as a career highlight and he still holds the record for the fastest serve at 263 km/h (163.4 mph) in 2012 at the ATP Challenger in Busan.

“I like to get around to a lot of country spaces such as Narrandera to inspire the next generation of country kids and who knows the next Australian tennis champion could come from rural Australia,” he said. “I played cricket, footy, tennis and basket-ball as a youngster. I think that set me up for my tennis career in terms of my fitness longevity.

“I have always tried to enjoy my tennis and that’s not always easy to do on the professional circuit when you are playing in order to make a living.

“There is a lot of stress involved, even now with my television work.

“Events such as this or my day to day work, I always look to enjoy what I am doing.”

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