Matthew Ebden

  • Age27
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
“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



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


2013 Napa Challenger, Tiburon Challenger

2010 Japan Challenger

2009 Australia F1 ITF, Australia F10 ITF

Matthew Ebden in the news

The Social Serve: Aussies support their peers
16 April, 2015

Social media sleuth Joel Smith digs up the best of tennis in the social stratosphere this week.
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Biggest movers: Aussie girls make WTA debut
(L-R) Seone Mendez, Jaimee Fourlis and Destanee Aiava at the Junior Fed Cup Asia/Oceania final qualifying event in Shepparton, Victoria; Tennis Australia
13 April, 2015

Aussie young guns Destanee Aiava, Jaimee Fourlis and Seone Mendez have made their debut on the WTA rankings following strong results on the Pro Tour.
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The Social Serve – Edition 1
31 March, 2015

Social media allows access to a player like never before. Our social media investigator, Joel Smith, digs up the best of Australian players on social media this week.
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Rankings watch: Bolt verging on Aussie top 10
Alex Bolt rose from outside the top 500 to crack the top 200 in the space of 11 months, winning a Challenger and Futures title in 2014; Getty Images
10 February, 2015

Alex Bolt's run to the final of the McDonald's Burnie International has seen the 22-year-old soar to a career-high ranking, and on the verge of an Australian top 10…
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