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Matthew Ebden

5
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
154
ATP
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  • 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

  • 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 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

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

Biggest movers: Ebden making his way back
Matt Ebden in Newport
25 July, 2017

After his run to the ATP final in Newport, Matt Ebden has continued his rapid ascent of the rankings in 2017, and now stands on the verge of a top-150 return.
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Ebden falls in Newport final
Matt Ebden in action at the ATP Dell Technologies Hall of Fame; photo credit Jennifer Carter
24 July, 2017

Top seed John Isner proved too strong for Matt Ebden in the ATP Newport final - but the Aussie qualifier certainly put up an admirable fight.
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Ebden continues stunning week, reaches Newport final
Matt Ebden in action at the ATP Dell Technologies Hall of Fame; photo credit Jennifer Carter
23 July, 2017

Australian qualifier Matt Ebden will line up against No.1 seed John Isner at Newport in what will be his first career ATP final.
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Ebden through to Newport semifinals
Matt Ebden kisses the turf after winning through to the semifinals of the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open (photo credit Jennifer Carter)
21 July, 2017

Matt Ebden has reached his first career ATP semifinal after beating Tobias Kamke at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, taking his winning streak to five.
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