Matthew Ebden

  • Age28
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
“I’ve been working hard since the US Open, and it’s nice to put on five matches in a row here, that’s for sure.”

— Matthew Ebden, 1 Nov 2015

» Ebden wins Traralgon 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

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



2015 Surbiton Challenger, Traralgon 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

Perth welcomes back Asia Pacific Tennis League action
Matt Ebden in action during his Hopman Cup singles rubber against Jerzy Janowicz; Getty Images
24 November, 2015

Western Australian Matthew Ebden headlines the Asia Pacific Tennis League action at Perth's State Tennis Centre on Sunday.
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Aussie tennis stars headline new-look ATL
Thanasi Kokkinakis has battled illness ahead of his Wimbledon campaign; Getty Images
19 November, 2015

Many of Australia's top tennis stars will do battle in the coming weeks in a revamped Asia-Pacific Tennis League.
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Millman wins Kobe Challenger crown
John Millman pushed Sergiy Stakhovsky before falling to the Ukrainian in four sets in the opening round; Getty Images
16 November, 2015

Top seed John Millman dominated the field in Kobe to win his eighth career ATP Challenger title at the weekend.
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Returning the love: Canberra schools receive boost
Matt Ebden (back right) and Storm Sanders (back left) among the attendees at the announcement if th
4 November, 2015

Eight new ANZ Hot Shots courts are slated for two Tennis Australia partner schools in Canberra as part of the Tennis Cares initiative.
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