Sam Groth: Tennis star shares property journey

Sam and Brittany Groth

Former tennis ace Sam Groth, pictured with wife Britt, have recently upsized to a Melbourne home big enough for their twins and two dogs. Picture: Alex Coppel

Sam Groth is a former tennis player who holds the fastest serve on record, at 263 km/h.

He’s now a tennis commentator and is currently working on Nine’s Wimbledon broadcast, and is also a presenter on Postcards.

Groth and wife Britt welcomed twins Mason and Parker into the world in April.

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First home:

The first place I bought was an investment. But the Alphington house (sold last October for $1.56m) was Britt and my first home.

Towards the end of my career, and when Britt finished college in the US, we had to decide whether to stay overseas or come back to Melbourne. We ended up buying in Alphington, which was where Britt’s parents lived when she was born. That was a bit of a coincidence – it’s not a very big suburb.

Sam and Britt Groth sold their Alphington home last year.

The couple’s dogs, toy poodle Millie and Labrador Lulu, used to love sitting in the window of the home.

We did up the backyard, extended the deck, and modernised everything inside. We carpeted, painted, added a new study, ensuite and kitchen. The study was a great spot at the front, with a big window. The dogs (toy poodle Millie and labrador Lulu) loved it. I loved the kitchen as well.

The house was great but, during Covid and when Britt got pregnant with twins, we needed more space.

Current home:

We’re in Mont Albert North now. Britt was really keen to get a similar period home to what we had in Alphington, that we could do a bit of work to. But when we found out we were having twins, I pushed the point we weren’t moving into a house we needed to renovate.

We got lucky – a friend of mine who’s a real estate agent had a property that was being built and, with Covid, the builder was keen to move it on without having to advertise. So we ended up getting a new build.

Groth hopes his sons, Mason and Parker, can “grow into” their Mont Albert North home. Picture: Instagram

We gave up a little bit of land size, but having a house that was fully functional was ideal, now we have a family of four and two dogs.

We moved in in March. It has a big, floating staircase, an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, three bathrooms, four bedrooms. It’s a real family home the boys can grow into.

We’re going to put a spa in and make a few other changes to make it comfortable for us. The builder is our neighbour – he’s a really good guy, I knock on his front door if we need anything fixed. I try to be handy, but I’m not really good at it.

Dream home:

We’d love something close to water in the long run. I’m not after a huge, extravagant house. But with twins, a nanny’s quarters would be great. I love the little men, but when you’re not sleeping, it all becomes a bit hard.





With the two boys, I’d also be keen to have a yard where they could get out and play cricket and footy. And I’d like a man cave with a golf simulator and all those bits and pieces.

My wife loves tennis, so she’d love to put in a tennis court. But if we did, the problem would be she’d want me to have a hit with her, and I’m not keen to do too much of that.

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