Sam Groth is already looking for ideas post-retirement, and when the Australian Open finishes up he will put the tennis racquet away.
The 30-year-old is considering picking up a football and playing in a local Aussie rules competition, and it’s not an unfamiliar change of scenery for him.
He played for Vermont’s reserve grade side in the Eastern Football League during a break from tennis in 2011, and a recent kick around with former AFL players, Wayne Carey, Justin Koschitzke, Ben Rutten and Brent Harvey has opened up a chance to revive his local footy career.
Harvey has played the most games in AFL history with 432, and in 2017 he laced up for North Heidelberg after his retirement from the AFL in 2016.
Groth admitted that Harvey has spoken to him about joining North Heidelberg in 2018 but insists that he needs to work on his boot first.
“(Harvey) may have asked me if I was planning on having a kick of the footy next year,” Groth said on SEN.
“So I’ve been having a little bit of a chat to him and he’s prepared to help fix my kicking up a little bit.
“I can mark the ball, but my kicking sometimes leaves a little bit to be desired. He reckons if he’s getting me the footy and can teach me to kick it, then I’ll be kicking bags in no time.
“So I’m definitely thinking about having a bit of a run down at North Heidelberg next year.”
Groth’s competitive nature has him wanting more, and although he is fully committed to tennis until he stops, he knows he’ll still have the hunger to continue to play sport.
“I’ve been to training and met a few of the guys and am obviously fully focused on the tennis at the moment, but I’m going to need something to fill that competitive void and I love my footy so you might see me down there for the Bulldogs,” Groth said.