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.
“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.