RARING TO GO: Sam Groth will send down some big serves against Jack Sock.
RARING TO GO: Sam Groth will send down some big serves against Jack Sock. MARIJAN MURATAAP

Groth’s hoping to Sock it American

NOT since Andy Roddick beat Juan Carlos Ferrero to lift the US Open trophy in 2003 has an American man won a grand slam title.

That's the longest US drought since grand slam tennis began in 1877.

And if big-serving Australian Sam Groth has any say in the matter, it will be another 12 months at least before the country can hail its next champion.

Groth will take on 22-year-old Jack Sock in the first round at Wimbledon, with many former players, including three-time champion John McEnroe, tipping Sock to be the man to return America to the top of the tennis tree. Groth, who has never played against Sock in a singles match, will make just his second singles appearance at Wimbledon after going out in the first round last year.

Journeyman James Duckworth is the other Aussie in action tonight, set to take on Tunisia's Malek Jaziri.

Meanwhile, veteran Casey Dellacqua will be one of three Aussie women playing their first-round matches tonight, set to take on Austria's Tamira Paszek.

Jarmila Gajdosova faces a tough assignment against No.18 seed and grass court specialist Sabine Lisicki, while Ajla Tomljanovic has drawn Czech Klara Koukalova.

- APN SPORTS BUREAU


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