PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

  • Age36
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
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“It’s a big relief and achievement to have got the No.1 on your resume.”

— Matthew Ebden, 26 Feb 2024

» Ebden reflects on rise to world No.1: “It’s a little bit surreal”

On court

  • Played his first tournaments at age 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.
  • Qualified for his first Grand Slam main draw at Australian Open 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 and favourite shot is the forehand
  • His goal is to lift his first ATP World Tour trophy and to reach the world’s top 50.
  • Reached his first ATP final in 2017 in Newport
  • Made Australian Open 2022 men’s doubles final alongside fellow Aussie Max Purcell
  • Won Wimbledon 2022 gentlemen’s doubles title 2022 with Purcell. The No.14 seeds saved eight match points (three in first round and five in semifinals) and won five five-set battles during the title-winning run
  • Was also a Wimbledon 2022 mixed doubles finalist alongside Sam Stosur
  • Won the Australian Open 2024 men’s doubles title with Indian Rohan Bopanna
  • Rose to world No.1 in doubles in February 2024. At age 36, he became the third oldest man in history to achieve the feat. Ebden was also the first Australian in 23 years to hold the top ranking in men’s doubles.

Off court

  • 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.
  • Son, Harvey, was born in February 2022.

Year-end singles ranking history

2022 741
2021 232
2020 314
2019 247
2018 46
2017 76
2016 695
2015 106
2014 237
2013 79
2012 103
2011 86
2010 183
2009 331
2008 301
2007 637
2006 871
2005 1523

Titles/Finals

Titles

2018 Busan Challenger

2017 Toyota Challenger

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

2017 Newport ATP

2015 Ilkley Challenger

2013 Napa Challenger, Tiburon Challenger

2010 Japan Challenger

2009 Australia F1 ITF, Australia F10 ITF

Matthew Ebden in the news

De Minaur scores top-20 victory to reach fourth round at Rome Masters
Alex de Minaur in action in Rome. Picture: Getty Images
13 May, 2024

Australian Alex de Minaur is reaching stunning new heights in his sixth main-draw appearance at the prestigious Italian Open.
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Aussie weekly wrap: Birrell scores top-100 victory to claim ITF title in Japan
Kimberly Birrell celebrates winning an ITF 75 title in Japan.
13 May, 2024

Australian Kimberly Birrell dropped only a single set during an impressive run at an ITF 75 tournament in Fukuoka this week.
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Ranking movers: Thompson, Saville, Walton lead rising Aussies
Jordan Thompson, Daria Saville and Adam Walton lead the rising Aussies in the latest world rankings.
6 May, 2024

Australian players Jordan Thompson, Daria Saville and Adam Walton make significant moves in the latest world rankings.
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Thompson stuns top seeds in Madrid Masters doubles upset
Jordan Thompson in action. Picture: Getty Images
1 May, 2024

Australian Jordan Thompson and his American partner Sebastian Korda recorded a major first-round upset at an ATP Masters 1000 event in Spain.
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