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Tennis Pro SAM GROTH on embracing fatherhood and becoming a new travel reporter for Nine

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Former tennis pro Sam Groth is a busy man. And he’s about to get a lot busier and not just because he recently became father to twin sons; Mason and Parker.

He’ll be juggling ‘daddy duties’ with his on-air role with Channel Nine’s popular Postcards program, which is back with new episodes for the first time in more than a year.

If life was hectic before, Groth knows he’s in for a wild ride keeping up with his boys, his Postcards commitments and Nine’s Wimbledon and French Open coverage.

“My life has been turned upside down the last week or so. And two boys, we’re going to have our hands full.  But I’ve had the chance to film ahead a little bit, which has been nice. 

There’s going to be some late nights with the tennis, but the team has been really accommodating, which has been great”. 

Like many Victorians, Sam admits he struggled with lockdown.  But he’s now relishing the opportunity to shine a light on some of the state’s hidden delights.

The Postcards team for 2021 (image – Nine)

“I’m quite a social person and I didn’t enjoy being stuck inside.  And to see, off the back of last year, how happy the owners of these places are to be open again, it’s a real pleasure to be able to showcase them and what they’ve created.”

I enjoy this.  It’s ‘work’ but it doesn’t feel like work when you get the chance to go to a nice restaurant or a winery or a café.”

The show’s return is welcome news for Victoria’s tourism and hospitality operators, who’ve struggled in the aftermath of last year’s double whammy of bushfires and pandemic.

“Obviously, the year we had in 2020 meant we couldn’t get out, none of the places were open.  “There’s still that level of nervousness among people, but I think we’re all just trying to get on with and enjoying what we’ve got.”

“But now there’s a great vibe in Melbourne that we’re sort of ‘back’.  And we’re back as a city and as a state and everyone is really enjoying that.  Just to see the city buzzing again has been great.”

Postcards can be seen every Sunday at 5.30pm on Channel 9 in Victoria and 9Now.

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Nikole Gunn
Nikole Gunn has been a watcher of TV since the 70s. A writer of words since the 80s. A reader of the news since the 90s; Currently at Smooth 91.5FM
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