PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

6
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
144
ATP
RANKING
  • Age26
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
FOLLOW
“It's just mind over matter. I knew if I got to the breaker, I was seeing the ball well.”

— Matthew Ebden, 26 Aug 2014

» Ebden, Rodionova advance at US Open

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

Jasika notches maiden win in Traralgon
Omar Jasika in action during his first round loss to Rajeev Ram at the ATP Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur; Getty Images
29 October, 2014

It’s a long way from New York to Traralgon for up-and-coming Aussie Omar Jasika, who continued his impressive development by notching his first-ever win at ATP Challenger level.
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Rising stars sign up for Traralgon Challengers
Ben Mitchell in action at the 2014 AAMI Classic at Kooyong; Getty Images
22 October, 2014

Two bumper fields will contest this year’s back-to-back Latrobe City Traralgon ATP Challenger events starting this weekend.
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Kokkinakis qualifies in Shenzhen
Thanasi Kokkinakis serves during his first round loss to Kevin Anderson at the ATP Masters event in Toronto, Canada; Getty Images
22 September, 2014

UPDATE: Thanasi Kokkinakis has reached the main draw of the ATP event in Shenzhen, China, while fellow Aussie Matt Ebden fell in the first round.
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Aussies in action: Asia bound
Kyrgios-KL
22 September, 2014

Eleven Australians will take to the courts this week for ATP and WTA events in Kuala Lumpur, Shenzhen and Wuhan.
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