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08-07-2016 10:49 PM
RustyOz
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

Grothie goes down to Belgian eveready bunny Goffin in straight sets in the first round in the Olympics. Tough draw for him
08-03-2016 11:18 PM
Kateoz
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

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Originally Posted by RustyOz View Post
Kateoz, Groth lives and is normally based in Melbourne.
Oh ok - just remembered the pics of Groth, Kokk and Tomic training together on Gold Coast said something about this beng where Mathias lives.

So was the problem that Mathias wouldn't travel?

In any case, good luck to him at the Olympics!
08-03-2016 10:10 PM
RustyOz
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

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Lol he made the olympics.. Joke of 2016? anyway goodluck mate
Great experience for the big Fella.

Is that in singles or doubles ?
08-03-2016 10:14 AM
azza
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

Lol he made the olympics.. Joke of 2016? anyway goodluck mate
08-02-2016 09:50 PM
RustyOz
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

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Yes it has not been a happy year for him.

... Have to admit I didn't understand the split with Mathias (and doesn't he actually live on the Gold Coast?!)...
Kateoz, Groth lives and is normally based in Melbourne.
08-02-2016 08:32 AM
hassan918
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

Sam lost yesterday to an upcoming star Jared Donaldson. Enjoy the highlights here: http://www.menstennisforums.com/2-ge...l#post36022090
08-02-2016 07:40 AM
Kateoz
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

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Originally Posted by TalkonTennis View Post
Well, Grothy's doubles success with the Gooch in Newport was a rare bright spot in what has really been a horrendous 2016 season in singles for him.

Having been dumped by Jared Donaldson out of Atlanta overnight 2-6 4-6, Sam will now leave the Top 200. Which is sad to see, and what I put down to several factors:

> that foot injury was, I think, a little worse than what was publicly let on. While Sam returned to action at the beginning of the year, his serves are not quite as super-powerful or accurate anymore and his volleying technique has deteriorated badly;
> then he had another injury with those nerve issues in his neck;
> then Ben Mathias, who had done so much for him, couldn't leave his new charge Kokkinakis in Melbourne (!) and so Sam has now switched coaches to Jordan Kerr - consequently a new game plan is taking a long time to appear. From what I've seen in matches Sam isn't net-rushing anywhere near as much, often leaving him stranded in no man's land;
> and finally, his admittedly limited game has largely been worked out by the top pros so the element of surprise that got Groth to the edge of the top 50 is now gone.

He'll make USO qualies by the skin of his teeth, and is playing in WTT over the coming weeks. But after that, Groth has to return to Challengers and work hard to find a new winning formula. The one positive for him is that he is defending nothing after the USO, and indeed nothing huge at all from now on, so if he can turn things around he can rise back up the rankings relatively quickly.

Despite the permanently angry face on court, Sam is an affable representative of Australian tennis off it - I'd like to see him get over whatever problems exist and really crank up again.
Yes it has not been a happy year for him.

I hope he can come back, but I'm not holding my breath so far as singles goes.

But I keep hoping that maybe he a Gooch will get back together - they have consistently done better together in doubles than either have them have done separately.

Have to admit I didn't understand the split with Mathias (and doesn't he actually live on the Gold Coast?!) - can only assume he and Kokk didn't get on as well as anticipated when they agreed to share him (and Groth did make some unfortunate snarky comments about Kokk at one point). Or maybe Mathias either felt he had already done all he could for Groth, or he (and/or TA who I presume are paying at least some of his salary) were looking to the longer term prospect?

Do wish he could lose the anger on court though!
08-02-2016 04:12 AM
TalkonTennis
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

Well, Grothy's doubles success with the Gooch in Newport was a rare bright spot in what has really been a horrendous 2016 season in singles for him.

Having been dumped by Jared Donaldson out of Atlanta overnight 2-6 4-6, Sam will now leave the Top 200. Which is sad to see, and what I put down to several factors:

> that foot injury was, I think, a little worse than what was publicly let on. While Sam returned to action at the beginning of the year, his serves are not quite as super-powerful or accurate anymore and his volleying technique has deteriorated badly;
> then he had another injury with those nerve issues in his neck;
> then Ben Mathias, who had done so much for him, couldn't leave his new charge Kokkinakis in Melbourne (!) and so Sam has now switched coaches to Jordan Kerr - consequently a new game plan is taking a long time to appear. From what I've seen in matches Sam isn't net-rushing anywhere near as much, often leaving him stranded in no man's land;
> and finally, his admittedly limited game has largely been worked out by the top pros so the element of surprise that got Groth to the edge of the top 50 is now gone.

He'll make USO qualies by the skin of his teeth, and is playing in WTT over the coming weeks. But after that, Groth has to return to Challengers and work hard to find a new winning formula. The one positive for him is that he is defending nothing after the USO, and indeed nothing huge at all from now on, so if he can turn things around he can rise back up the rankings relatively quickly.

Despite the permanently angry face on court, Sam is an affable representative of Australian tennis off it - I'd like to see him get over whatever problems exist and really crank up again.
07-13-2016 09:59 PM
RustyOz
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

And he keeps it going in the doubles, partnered by big Oz Chris Guccione, the No. 2 seeds win their QF encounter against Chiudinelli and Moser 63 64.
They beat Thompson and Sela in the 1st round 63 64 as well.
So into the semis...
07-12-2016 09:55 PM
RustyOz
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

This time Grothie takes advantage of a kind draw and wins a tie-break, on the grass at Newport.
Up against qualifier Michal Przysiezny (ATP315), who beat Matt Barton to qualify, Groth wins the first set TB 7-2, then gets a break in the second to run out 76 64 winner.

That's the stuff Sam, keep it going.
06-19-2016 10:18 PM
RustyOz
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

Unfortunately Sam fails to qualify, going down to Frank Dancevic 76(5) 63.
Would have picked Sam to win that one, his tie-break record is woeful for such a big server.
06-19-2016 07:53 AM
Ausie
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

Nottingham Open, QR1

[2] Sam Groth AUS - Frank Moser GER 6-1 7-6(3)
06-12-2016 03:22 PM
ali
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

Loss to Mannarino 26 26.
Q-QF London.

a time of perseverance.
06-11-2016 12:21 PM
Ausie
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

AEGON Championships The Queen's Club, QR1

[8] Sam Groth AUS - James Duckworth AUS 6-3 6-7(4) 7-6(1)
06-09-2016 09:50 PM
RustyOz
Re: Samuel Groth: The Forgotten Australian

Excellent showing by Groth against Thiem, newly top 10 player. Pity he just can't crack those tie-breaks.
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