PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

  • Age29
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
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“I know my level. I’ve played long enough on tour to know how good I am and the quality of players that I can beat pretty consistently and tournaments I can win. I’m looking at just improving my game as a whole.”

— Matthew Ebden, 3 Nov 2016

» Ebden on the road 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

2015 106
2014 237
2013 65
2012 103
2011 86
2010 183
2009 331
2008 301
2007 637
2006 871
2005 1523

Titles/Finals

Titles

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

Finals

2015 Ilkley Challenger

2013 Napa Challenger, Tiburon Challenger

2010 Japan Challenger

2009 Australia F1 ITF, Australia F10 ITF

Matthew Ebden in the news

Ebden on the road back
Matt Ebden; Getty Images
3 November, 2016

Matt Ebden, the former world No.61 recently back in action on the Australian Pro Tour, sat down with tennis.com.au to discuss his injury-ravaged 2016 season.
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Smith returns to post win in Traralgon
John-Patrick Smith in action during his quarterfinal victory over Blake Mott at the Australian Open 2015 Play-off; Mae Dumrigue
25 October, 2016

John-Patrick Smith returned to Australia for the first time in nine months and scored a win on home soil in the first round of the Traralgon Pro Tour event.
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Aussies continue Asian swing
Bernard Tomic in action during his victory over Kei Nishikori in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters; Getty Images
3 October, 2016

Bernard Tomic, John Millman and Daria Gavrilova are in Beijing this week for the China Open, while Nick Kyrgios and James Duckworth feature in Tokyo, Japan.
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Biggest movers: O’Connell catapults into top 300
Christopher O'Connell in action at the Australian Open 2015 Play-off; Getty Images
27 September, 2016

Christopher O'Connell has broken into the top 300 for the first time after an impressive performance on the ATP Challenger circuit in Romania.
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