PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

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AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
61
ATP
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  • Age26
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
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“It was the first time for us playing together. I've known Kevin since we were kids. We grew up playing junior tennis together. I was just really thankful that he was able to play through the doubles and the singles. It's a massive effort by him. I really owe it to him.”

— Matthew Ebden, 3 Mar 2014

» Ebden wins Acapulco doubles title

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

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

Hewitt, Ebden knocked out in Houston
Unfortunately, Hewitt was unable to maintain his fourth set lead, dropping it 6-4 to Mikhail Youzhny after leading 4-1 in their US Open fourth round match; Getty Images
10 April, 2014

Lleyton Hewitt has been knocked out of the US men's clay court championships in Houston, going down to American Sam Querrey in the second round.
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Hewitt, Ebden in action in Houston
Lleyton Hewitt (L) and Matt Ebden; Getty Images
7 April, 2014

Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Matt Ebden will kick off their 2014 claycourt seasons when they contest this week's US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston, Texas.
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Miami gallery: Aussies hit Sony Open
Lleyton Hewitt (R) and former Australian pro Peter Luczak celebrate Hewitt's 600th career victory following his first round defeat of Robin Haase at the Sony Open in Miami; Peter Staples/Sony Open Tennis
26 March, 2014

Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua reached the third round, Matt Ebden pushed defending champ Andy Murray to three sets, and Lleyton Hewitt notched his 600th win in what was a solid…
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Ebden, Matosevic bow to seeds
Matthew Ebden of Australia returns a shot to Andy Murray of Great Britain during the Sony Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 21, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida; Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
22 March, 2014

UPDATE: Matt Ebden and Marinko Matosevic have both fallen to seeded players on Friday at the Sony Open in Miami.
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