PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

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

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

Biggest movers: Gavrilova cracks top 50
Daria Gavrilova in action during the 2015 Internazionale BNL d'Italia in Rome; Getty Images
18 May, 2015

Daria Gavrilova has surged into the top 50 following her semifinal exploits in Rome last week, while Thanasi Kokkinakis continued to rise after his first Challenger tournament…
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Biggest movers: milestones for the Special Ks
Nick Kyrgios (L) and Thanaski Kokkinakis in action at Australian Open 2015; Getty Images
12 May, 2015

With the latest release of the ATP rankings, Nick Kyrgios has all but cemented a seeding at Roland Garros while Thanasi Kokkinakis has cracked the top 100.
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Biggest movers: career-high mark for Groth
Sam Groth in action at the US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston, Texas; photo credit Aaron M. Sprecher/ROCC
5 May, 2015

Sam Groth's victory at last week's ATP Challenger in Taipei has delivered him his best ever world ranking, while there were several rankings milestones this week for…
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Groth wins Taipei Challenger
Sam Groth poses with the trophy after winning the ATP Santaizi Challenger in Taipei; photo courtesy @SamGrothTennis
4 May, 2015

Sam Groth has capped an impressive week with victory at the ATP Santaizi Challenger in Taipei, while Gavin Van Peperzeel scored a career breakthrough at the Anning Challenger.
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