PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

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AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
130
ATP
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  • Age27
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
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“I’ve just got a good team around me again and probably set myself on a good path and that was probably the key.”

— Matthew Ebden, 30 Aug 2015

» Ebden working his way 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

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

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

US Open: losses for Dellacqua, Ebden
Casey Dellacqua in action during her first-round US Open loss to Anett Kontaveit; Getty Images
16 hours ago

West Australian duo Casey Dellacqua and Matt Ebden were shown the door by impressive opponents in the opening round of the US Open on Monday.
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Aussies in action: US Open Day 1
Sam Groth in action during his first-round victory over Frances Tiafoe at the ATP event in Atlanta; Getty Images
31 August, 2015

Five Aussies will take to the courts on Monday at Flushing Meadows as the US Open kicks off in New York.
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Ebden working his way back
Matthew Ebden of Australia returns a shot to Andy Murray of Great Britain during the Sony Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 21, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida; Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
30 August, 2015

MATT TROLLOPE sat down with Matt Ebden after his qualifying victory in New York to discuss the West Australian's return to form following a tough 2014.
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Groth blazes trail for fellow Aussies
Sam Groth in action during his second round loss to Roger Federer at the US Open; Getty Images
30 August, 2015

Sam Groth believes his recent rise is just one of many success stories among the burgeoning Australian troupe now taking the tennis tour by storm.
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