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Blog: Sam Groth Gaining Confidence on the Red Clay

Hi all,

I managed to get through qualifying in Heilbronn. It was good to get three solid matches before moving into the main draw. Unfortunately, I went down in the first round but it was the first time I'd won a string of matches in quite a while.

Britt and I spent one more day in Heilbronn, a region we found out that, in Germany, is famous for its wine. We took an afternoon trip out to a local family run winery, Weingut Neumann. While there, the two sons took us on a tour of the winery and took us through a tasting.

On Thursday, we took the train from Stuttgart to Paris. We checked into our apartment, which is about a mile from Roland Garros. It's nice to be able to stay in an apartment and get away from hotel rooms for a couple of weeks. Also, from past experiences, I know that hotel rooms in Paris are incredibly small... so having some extra space is nice.

I started practicing and training at Roland Garros on Friday with Billy. We did a bike session and went straight on court to get our first hit on site. On Saturday we came in early and got two hours of work in - one hour of work just us and one hour of point play.

On Sunday I did two sessions again and thought my preparation for qualies was done. The draw came out late Sunday night and I play Filip Krajinovic. But, surprisingly, I don't play on Monday - I'm one of the 16 men's matches that have been scheduled to play on Tuesday. So, I'll get back on court and do everything I can to be in the best shape for my match on Tuesday.

Sam

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In February of 2017, Tennis Channel launched its first multi-platform content series My Tennis Life featuring two professional tennis players, Nicole Gibbs (USA) and Sam Groth (Australia), as they traverse the globe in search of valuable ATP and WTA points. The series gives you a behind-the-scenes look of the professional tour. Tennis fans across the globe will witness Sam and Nicole’s efforts to break through respectively on the ATP and WTA Tours, and the challenges they face while trying to improve their game and career earnings.

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