PLAYER PROFILE

Matthew Ebden

  • Age32
  • 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

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

Ebden skips US Open, citing fatigue
Matt Ebden (Getty Images)
22 August, 2019

Matt Ebden was due to contest US Open qualifying this week but a gruelling schedule in his return from injury has taken its toll on the West Australian.
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Stosur receives US Open wildcard
Sam Stosur (Getty Images)
14 August, 2019

Sam Stosur, the US Open champion in 2011, has been awarded a main-draw wildcard and will contest her 15th tournament at Flushing Meadows.
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Kokkinakis back in the winner’s circle
Thanasi Kokkinakis in action during his second-round win over Sebastian Ofner in Australian Open qualifying (Getty Images)
30 July, 2019

Thanasi Kokkinakis wins his first tour-level main draw match in 15 months in Los Cabos, while Marc Polmans takes his winning streak to three in Washington DC.
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Polmans qualifies for Washington DC
Marc Polmans (Getty Images)
29 July, 2019

With Marc Polmans winning through the qualifying rounds, there are now seven Aussies in the main draw of the Citi Open in Washington DC.
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