Matthew Ebden

  • Age29
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
“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



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


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, Whittington advance at Indian Wells
Alex De Minaur will play at his home tournament in Sydney
8 March, 2017

Alex De Minaur and Andrew Whittington stand one win from the Indian Wells main draw after winning their first-round qualifying matches on Tuesday.
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Aussies set for Indian Wells
Nick Kyrgios was beaten in three sets by Sam Querrey. Photo: Getty Images
7 March, 2017

Nick Kyrgios, Sam Stosur, Daria Gavrilova, Bernard Tomic and Jordan Thompson will fly the Australian flag at this fortnight's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
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Biggest movers: Ebden recovering lost ground
Matt Ebden; Getty Images
21 February, 2017

Former top-100 Aussie Matt Ebden continued his rapid rise up the rankings after a quarterfinal showing last week in Memphis.
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Ebden bows out in Memphis
Matthew Ebden
18 February, 2017

Matt Ebden's four-match winning streak at the Memphis Open came to an end on Friday night at the hands of Nikoloz Basilashvili.
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