Former Australian tennis star Sam Groth considers shocking career change
Former tennis ace Sam Groth is considering a political race, revealing he was approached by the Liberal Party ahead of the state election.
The 34-year-old, who holds the world record for the fastest serving in the world, didn’t rule out racing in the Nepean headquarters, which covers the southern Mornington Peninsula.
Once seen as a secure seat for the Liberals, Nepean was won by then-Labor Chris Brayne, 25, in a surprise victory in the 2018 election.
Mr Brayne, who previously worked in the electrical industry and at Dromana Drive-Ins, would become the second Labor MP to hold the seat in the past 100 years.
However, the Liberals appear to be keen to get Nepean back, with Mr. Groth being kicked out by party heavyweights.
“Yes, I have been approached. I am undecided and I am weighing my options, ”he told the Herald Sun.
“Like many Victorians, I think it’s time for a change of government.”
The peninsula has been under siege throughout the pandemic with businesses in isolated areas unhappy at being locked up despite a very low number of cases.
Mr Groth, who lives in Blairgowrie, is said to be the Liberals’ first star candidate in this election cycle and it comes a year after he and his wife Britt welcomed his twins, Mason and Parker.