PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

  • Age33
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
FOLLOW
“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

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

Social round-up: On-court smiles and summer fun
Todd Woodbridge visited the Olivia Rich Tennis School in Torquay to join in the AO Holiday Program. Picture: Fiona Hamilton, Tennis Australia
21 January, 2021

What have Australia's top-ranked players been up to? We've collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date.
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Perez, Hijikata, Kubler a step closer to AO main draw
Ellen Perez in action during her first-round qualifying win of AO 2021 in Dubai over Caroline Dolehide. (photo: Tennis Australia/Jorge Ferrari)
11 January, 2021

Three Aussies - Ellen Perez, Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler - have recorded first-round victories in Australian Open 2021 qualifying.
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Aussie men ready for Australian Open 2021 qualifying
AUSSIE HOPES: Andrew Harris, John-Patrick Smith and Tristan Schoolkate. Pictures: Getty Images
10 January, 2021

Find out more about the 12 Australian men who are contesting Australian Open 2021 qualifying in Doha this week.
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Draws set for Australian Open 2021 qualifying
AUSSIE HOPES: Storm Sanders and Matthew Ebden are wildcard entrants in the Australian Open 2021 qualifying events. Pictures: Getty Images
10 January, 2021

Find out who our Australian players have drawn in the opening round of the Australian Open 2021 qualifying events.
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