18 December 2009

Tennis champ Jarmile Groth becomes Australian Citizen

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The Australian Open series is fast approaching, and new Australian Citizen Jarmile Groth is really to resume play after spending the past 11 weeks on the sidelines because of ankle surgery.

The 22-year-old sprained her ankle three years ago and the long-term pain meant she needed to have surgery in Canberra.

During the enforced break Slovakian-born Groth took up Australian Citizenship and is now free to compete in all tournaments as an Australian, where previously she was recognised as Slovakian on the WTA Tour and as an Australian at the four grand slams.

Groth only gave one incorrect answer during the Australian Citizenship test, which she raced through in five minutes.

The Citizenship Test has 20 questions and each applicant is given 45 minutes to complete the test.

Groth said she completed the test in five minutes, and then went back over the answers again.

She said: "There were questions like, 'How many people are there in Australia?' and 'Who is the Prime Minister?”

"There was a question about, 'How many official religions are there in Australia?' I put one. But it was wrong. We don't have an official [constitutionally enshrined] religion in Australia.”

Groth’s first WTA Tour event as an Australian will be next month’s Brisbane International, from January 3-10.


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