Sam Groth: Tennis Australia will be hoping Alex Bolt wins AO Wildcard Play-off



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Sam Groth: Tennis Australia will be hoping Alex Bolt wins AO Wildcard Play-off

Sam Groth thinks Tennis Australia will have a much easier job of deciding who to give wildcards for the Australian Open if Alex Bolt wins the Wildcard Play-off event. Bolt, ranked at No. 160 in the world, saw off 325th-ranked Luke Saville 6-4 2-6 6-3 6-3 to progress into the semifinal of Australian Open Wildcard Play-off.

Bolt, 26, will be fighting against world No. 222 Max Purcell for the final berth at the Wildcard Play-off event. Bolt enjoyed a breakthrough season on the Tour in 2019, having reached his career-high ranking of No. 125 in the world.

"From a Tennis Australia point of you, they'll be hoping Bolty wins it. There's a limited amount of wildcards to give out and he's ranked a lot higher than the others," Groth told The First Serve. Also, former Australian tennis star Groth believes the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off needs a new date.

"I don't think it's the right time of the year to be playing. You want to have a break and have a few weeks off, if you're playing the playoff you can't have a break. No one wants to be performing their best in mid December," Groth said.