PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

  • Age27
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
FOLLOW
“As far as I'm concerned the year-end ranking for 2015 starts now and ends at the end of the year. Everyone kind of starts on zero.”

— Matthew Ebden, 2 Jan 2015

» Ebden eyes surge up tennis rankings

On court

  • Introduced to tennis by his parents, Anne and Charles.
  • Played his first tournaments aged five.
  • Idolised Andre Agassi, Stefan Edberg and Wayne Ferreira as a child, and later on, Pat Rafter and Roger Federer.
  • At school, the natural sportsman participated in rugby union, cricket, hockey, athletics, swimming and cross-country.
  • A former member of the AIS Pro Tour Program, he is a member of the Australian Davis Cup squad.
  • Qualified for his first Grand Slam main draw at Australian Open 2010.
  • Reached his first Challenger final at Kyoto in 2010.
  • Finished 2011 ranked in the top 100 for the first time, at No. 86.
  • Earned a nomination for ‘Most Improved Player of 2011’ following a rise of 110 places.
  • Secured his first win over a top 10 player, beating then World No. 8 Mardy Fish on his way to the last 16 of the ATP Masters Indian Wells 2012.
  • Won his ‘live rubber’ debut in Australia’s 2012 Davis Cup tie against the Republic of Korea in Brisbane.
  • Favourite surfaces are hard and grass.
  • Favourite tournament is the Australian Open.
  • Preferred shot is the forehand.
  • His next goal is to lift his first ATP World Tour trophy and to reach the World’s top 50.
  • Currently trains in Perth and Melbourne.

Off court

  • Nickname is “Matty”
  • Speaks English, but also understands Afrikaans.
  • Favourite foods are pasta and fillet steak.
  • Favourite sporting team is the Wallabies.
  • Enjoys all sports, computers, the beach, surfing and watching movies.
  • If he wasn’t a tennis player he would probably be a lawyer as he enrolled in law/commerce at the University of WA but deferred to pursue tennis.
  • Married long-time girlfriend, Kim, in November 2012.

Year-end singles ranking history

2014 237
2013 65
2012 103
2011 86
2010 183
2009 331
2008 301
2007 637
2006 871
2005 1523

Titles/Finals

Titles

2013 Nottingham Challenger, Melbourne Challenger, Yokohama Challenger, Toyota Challenger

2010 Great Britain F16 ITF

2009 Australia F8 ITF; Australia F9 ITF; Australia F11 ITF

2008 Korea F2 ITF

2007 U.S.A F21 ITF

Finals

2013 Napa Challenger, Tiburon Challenger

2010 Japan Challenger

2009 Australia F1 ITF, Australia F10 ITF

Matthew Ebden in the news

Watch Australian Open Qualifying Live
Omar Jasika of Australia plays a backhand in his qualifying match against Mathias Bourgue of France for 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
17 January, 2015

Omar Jasika and Dane Propoggia are scheduled to take the court as qualifying for the 2015 Australian Open continues today and you can watch all the action right here via live…
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Teens lead Aussie qualifying charge
Omar Jasika of Australia plays a backhand in his qualifying match against Mathias Bourgue of France for 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
14 January, 2015

Six Australians kept the dream of securing a berth in the main draw alive on Wednesday when they advanced to the second round of qualifying for the 2015 Australian Open.
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Familiar faces look to qualify for Open
 Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina plays a forehand in his third round match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day five of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
13 January, 2015

Qualifying for the 2015 Australian Open begins on Wednesday in Melbourne, 128 men including 12 Australians will all launch their claims for a place in the main draw.
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Australia lose to France at Hopman Cup
Marinko Matosevic and Casey Dellacqua of Australia congratulate Alize Cornet and Benoit Paire of France after France won the mixed doubles match during day four of the 2015 Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 7, 2015 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)
8 January, 2015

Australia has gone down 2-1 in an entertaining Hopman Cup tie against France.
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