Matthew Ebden

  • Age34
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
“My career will show I have the ability to beat the very best guys. I beat quite a few of the top top guys last year and other years, but I've also lost to them at times too."”

— Matthew Ebden, 16 Jan 2019

» Ebden plotting Nadal’s downfall

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

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.

Year-end singles ranking history

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



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


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

Ebden and Purcell earn Australian Open 2022 semifinal spot
Matt Ebden and Max Purcell during their AO 2022 quarterfinal. Picture: Getty Images
8 hours ago

Aussie duo Matt Ebden and Max Purcell are through to the men's doubles semifinals at Australian Open 2022.
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Aussies sharing the spotlight at Australian Open 2022
Jason Kubler, Jaimee Fourlis and John Peers have progressed to the semifinals in the AO 2022 mixed doubles competition.
15 hours ago

Nine Australian players, including mixed doubles semifinalists Jason Kubler, Jaimee Fourlis and John Peers, are scheduled to compete on day 10 at Australian Open 2022.
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Kokkinakis and Kyrgios book semifinal spot at Australian Open 2022
Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios during their AO 2022 doubles quarterfinal. Picture: Getty Images
25 January, 2022

Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios have powered into the men's doubles semifinals at Australian Open 2022.
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Aussies progress in AO 2022 mixed doubles competition
Jason Kubler and Jaimee Fourlis at AO 2022. Picture: Tennis Australia
24 January, 2022

Three Australian players, including Jason Kubler and Jaimee Fourlis, have advanced to the quarterfinals in the Australian Open 2022 mixed doubles competition.
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