Sam Groth Hopes Andy Murray’s Wife Goes Into Labor Before Their Thursday Match
by Tom Gainey | January 19th, 2016, 9:13 am
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Andy Murray has been clear that he will fly home if there’s any news the baby comes early. That’s a fact not lost on his next opponent, the big serving Sam Groth. As a prohibitive underdog in the match, the Australian joked that he hopes Murray’s wife Kim goes into labor ASAP!

“Be nice if his wife went into labor overnight,” Groth said. “I might be just cheering for that one.”

if the match does happen, Groth says he has a plan.

“Hopefully I will serve well and it doesn’t come back,” he said. “I’m going to take it to him. For me, doesn’t really change too much. I’m going to serve big and try to get forward and play aggressively, use my — everything I do normally.

“For me, I play my game style and that’s it. I’ll have little things I know you don’t have to work out about him, where he likes to return and where he likes to serve. But in the end I am going to do what I do, and if it’s good enough, it’s good enough. If not, the other guy is too good, then too good.”

Groth and Murray will meet in the second round at the Australian Open on Thursday.

“First time playing him in singles,” Murray said. “He’s a big guy. Serves big, and, you know, serve and volley tactics. He tries to get forward as much as he can. You know, you don’t see many players like that now.

“I’ll be ready for that. I normally enjoy playing against the guys that come forward and stuff, so hopefully I can return well and, you know, pass well. I’ll need to if I want to win.”


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6 Comments for Sam Groth Hopes Andy Murray’s Wife Goes Into Labor Before Their Thursday Match

RZ Says:

Thanks for sharing the pic Margot! And I share in your plea/prayer for Andy’s serve (especially as we know what his second serve is like – hopefully Amelie can beef it up a bit).


MMT Says:

Sam Groth – Return of the Mesomorph (http://tennis-column.blogspot.com/2015/08/citi-open-return-of-mesomorph-sam-groth.html). Sorry to see a real gem of a player go out in the first round (Adrian Mannarino – http://tennis-column.blogspot.com/2015/04/adrian-who.html), but pleased for one of the last Samurai.


RZ Says:

Sam Groth seems like a good guy. Too bad I will be rooting against him tomorrow.


skeezer Says:

MMT,
Great read( thanks )on both, you have skills ;)
oh and…
“.. strawberry blonde wunderkind from Leimen”
hehe.


Wog Boy Says:

RZ,
He is nice down to earth guy, I am so pleased that he made it to around top50 and managed to make some much needed money. Everything in his life can be explained with the simple phrase typical and very much appreciated in Australia, and that is “Little Aussie Battler”. That phrase applies and describes Sam Groth completely. He is coming from the Wollongong area, one hour south of Sydney, called steel city, die hard working class area, with steel industry and oil refinery facilities. Even today, after some factories were closed and moved to SE Asia (cheap labor) you have occasionally industry smog that makes city invisible, percentage of respiratory illnesses are higher than anywhere else.
He is down to earth bloke, when you listen to him with his westie accent you have feelings, you would never guess he is a tennis player, rather somebody who just got out of ane western Sydney pub. If anybody deserved to make in the, mind you the money he is making now is huge fir Sam, it is Sam Groth. You shouldn’t be worried, he is no danger to Andy, rather somebody that will bring smiles of appreciation to everybody who watches him. One of the nicer tennis stories.

MMT, I read your article about Sam, nicely written, though he is big Aussie Rules fan he is anything but built for that game, he can’t jump, which btw isn’t popular in NSW, but built and moves like typical Rugby League player, which is the most popular in NSW. To my knowledge and what I was told by my tru blue friends, Aussie Rules have their roots and origin in Gaelic football, they go every year to Ireland and play Aussie Rules with Irish Gaelic football team, and there is always big punch up just to go after in the pub togethe, what happened on the field, stays on the field:)
For those who don’t know anything about Aussie Rules have a look, nice game, you have to be tall and able to jump like American BB player if you want to play it, it is extremly popular in Vistoria and South Australia, but not north of border, have a look you won’t regret it:

http://youtu.be/zxhqXzVBen4

I had often American customers who wanted to go and see the game but at that time Sydney had only one club, now is two.

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