Blog: Sam Groth - When In Rome
My week in Rome wasn't great on court. I lost first round in singles and, unfortunately, my partner Rob had to pull out of doubles on the morning of our match so it was a quick tennis week.
Off court I had a great week. My girlfriend, Britt, arrived Tuesday and I booked us into a hotel in the centre of Rome. It was both of our first times in Rome and I wanted to take the chance to experience the city.
We made like tourists and took in as much as possible. We started at the colosseum and then walked our way through the streets, through local markets and eventually to the Pantheon, onto the Trevi Fountain. We then took a taxi across town to the Vatican. Rome was an amazing city and it definitely made me feel so much better, and mentally refreshed after a really tough three weeks, to spend some time away from the courts with Britt.
On Thursday we flew to Germany where I met up with my coach Billy. It's been two weeks since I saw him and it was good to get back on court and get back into a few things we put in place when I was last with him. I'm playing qualies at the moment in Heilbronn where I've gotten through my first two matches and am slowly building some confidence in my game.
It's the last week before the French Open so, hopefully, things can keep progressing and I'll slowly keep finding my feet.
About My Tennis Life Series:
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.