PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

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AUSTRALIAN
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ATP
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  • Age30
  • Born26 November 1987
  • Birth PlaceDurban, South Africa
  • LivesPerth, Western Australia
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
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“I could literally list 10,000 things that are needed to be a great player in the sport. I've learned more and more of them, and I'm doing more and more of them, and I suppose that's why things are showing now.”

— Matthew Ebden, 6 Aug 2018

» Matt Ebden: 30 and thriving

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

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

Kubler awarded US Open wildcard
Jason Kubler; Getty Images
14 August, 2018

Queenslander Jason Kubler has been rewarded for his impressive season with a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open later this month.
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Gavrilova, Ebden fall in Canada
Matt Ebden plays a forehand during his first-round loss to Peter Polansky at the Rogers Cup in Toronto; Getty Images
7 August, 2018

Daria Gavrilova fought hard but went down to Lucie Safarova in the first round in Montreal, while Matt Ebden was upstaged by Canadian qualifier Peter Polansky in Toronto.
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Canada: Barty, Gavrilova back in action
Daria Gavrilova (L) and Ash Barty are in action this week; Getty Images
6 August, 2018

Ash Barty and Daria Gavrilova will play their first matches since Wimbledon when they contest the WTA tournament in Montreal. Nick Kyrgios and Matt Ebden will play the ATP…
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Matt Ebden: 30 and thriving
Matt Ebden celebrates his victory over David Goffin in the first round at Wimbledon; Getty Images
6 August, 2018

Playing the tennis of his life in his 13th year as a pro, Matt Ebden credits his entry into the top 50 to improvements across the board and some valuable lessons learned.
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