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Matthew Ebden

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AUSTRALIAN
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127
ATP
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  • Age27
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
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“They're some of my strengths - my movement and speed ... But whatever it takes, I'll do.”

— Matthew Ebden, 30 Jun 2015

» Wimbledon: Ebden wins, Isner next

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

2015 Surbiton Challenger

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

2015 Ilkley Challenger

2013 Napa Challenger, Tiburon Challenger

2010 Japan Challenger

2009 Australia F1 ITF, Australia F10 ITF

Matthew Ebden in the news

Millman, Ebden beaten in Bogota
John Millman of Australia plays a forehand in his match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day five of the 2015 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 8, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
22 July, 2015

Bernard Tomic and Sam Groth are the last remaining Aussies in Bogota after John Millman and Matt Ebden were eliminated from the ATP 250 event on Tuesday.
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Biggest movers: Smith vaults to career high
John-Patrick Smith in action during his quarterfinal victory over Blake Mott at the Australian Open 2015 Play-off; Mae Dumrigue
21 July, 2015

John-Patrick Smith's career-best ATP performance in Newport was rewarded with a new best ranking, while Lleyton Hewitt and Storm Sanders came charging back up the ladder.
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Tomic returns to Bogota to defend title
Bernard Tomic in action at the ATP event in Bogota, Colombia; Getty Images
20 July, 2015

Bernard Tomic is joined by two Aussie compatriots in Bogota, while Sam Stosur and Daria Gavrilova will be in action at WTA events in Europe.
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Ebden knocked out of Newport
Ebden-upset
15 July, 2015

Sam Querrey pipped Matt Ebden in the first round of the Hall of Fame Championships to leave John-Patrick Smith as the last Aussie standing in Newport.
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