Matthew Ebden

  • Age27
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
“I’ve just got a good team around me again and probably set myself on a good path and that was probably the key.”

— Matthew Ebden, 30 Aug 2015

» Ebden working his way back

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



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


2015 Ilkley Challenger

2013 Napa Challenger, Tiburon Challenger

2010 Japan Challenger

2009 Australia F1 ITF, Australia F10 ITF

Matthew Ebden in the news

Kyrgios enjoys victory in Japan
Nick Kyrgios plays a forehand during his first-round victory over Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the ATP 500 event in Tokyo, Japan; Getty Images
7 October, 2015

After three of his compatriots lost on Tuesday, Australian Nick Kyrgios righted the ship with a first-round win in Tokyo.
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Tokyo: Tomic, Groth felled by injury
Sam Groth in action against Jeremy Chardy during the first round of the ATP Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo; Getty Images
6 October, 2015

Australian duo Bernard Tomic and Sam Groth have had their Japan Tennis Open campaigns cut short by injury, while another Aussie, Matt Ebden, fell in three sets.
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Millman, Ebden qualify in Asia
John Millman pushed Sergiy Stakhovsky before falling to the Ukrainian in four sets in the opening round; Getty Images
4 October, 2015

Aussies John Millman and Matt Ebden have qualified at respective ATP 500 events in Beijing and Tokyo.
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Aussies in action: Asia bound
Nick Kyrgios in action at the ATP Montreal Masters; Getty Images
28 September, 2015

Nick Kyrgios and Sam Groth head to Kuala Lumpur as a trio of Aussies tackle Shenzhen. Meanwhile, the women are in Wuhan, continuing the tours' push into Asia.
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