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Matthew Ebden

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AUSTRALIAN
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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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“Of course there's numbers and rankings but out here, for everyone that comes on the court, it's one-on-one. If you don't really have that mentality, you're probably going to lose.”

— Matthew Ebden, 24 Jun 2014

» Ebden doesn’t believe in upsets

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

Rankings watch: potential US Open seed for Dellacqua
Casey Dellacqua in action on Centre Court during her second round loss to No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska; Getty Images
8 hours ago

Australia's Casey Dellacqua has jumped two spots on the women's world tennis rankings to a career-high No.31, putting her in prime position for a US Open seeding.
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Australia revisits glory days thanks to rankings boost
(L-R) Marinko Matosevic, Sam Groth, Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic, Matt Ebden and Nick Kyrgios form a contingent of six Aussies ranked inside the world's top 100; Getty Images
23 July, 2014

With six Australian men now ranked inside the world's top 100, it represents the nation's best showing in this elite bracket in more than 13 years.
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Matosevic coasts in Atlanta
Marinko Matosevic in action during his second round win over Lukas Lacko at the ATP Queen's Club event in London, England; Getty Images
23 July, 2014

Australian No.2 Marinko Matosevic has breezed into the second round of the ATP event in Atlanta with a 43-minute victory over Victor Estrella Burgos.
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Aussies in action: US hardcourt season begins
Marinko Matosevic stretches for a volley during his five-set second-round loss to Jeremy Chardy of France at Wimbledon; Getty Images
21 July, 2014

Australians Marinko Matosevic and Matt Ebden will kick off the North American hardcourt season with their appearance at the ATP 250 event in Atlanta.
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