PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

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AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
140
ATP
RANKING
  • Age29
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
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“I've been building up my game the last six months. I love it here on the grass. I couldn't be happier.”

— Matthew Ebden, 23 Jul 2017

» Ebden continues stunning week, reaches Newport final

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 ITF 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

2016 695
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

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

US Open qualifying: Aiava, Cabrera, Smith score wins
Destanee Aiava; Getty Images
24 August, 2017

Destanee Aiava, Lizette Cabrera and John-Patrick Smith have joined Akira Santillan in the second round of US Open qualifying after wins in New York on Wednesday.
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Santillan advances in US Open qualifying
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25:  Akira Santillan of Australia in action in his match against Boris Pokotilov of Russia during the Australian Open 2015 Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
23 August, 2017

Australian Akira Santillan took a step closer to the main draw of the US Open with victory on Tuesday at Flushing Meadows.
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Biggest movers: Kokkinakis makes a leap
Thanasi Kokkinakis celebrates his semifinal victory over Tomas Berdych at the ATP event in Los Cabos; photo credit Abierto Los Cabos
7 August, 2017

In just the sixth tournament of his singles comeback, Thanasi Kokkinakis advanced to the final in Los Cabos - and has since soared in the ATP rankings.
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Kokkinakis into Los Cabos quarterfinals
Thanasi Kokkinakis; Getty Images
3 August, 2017

Thanasi Kokkinakis has reached his first ATP-level quarterfinal with a nail-biting victory over Canadian Peter Polansky on Wednesday in Los Cabos.
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