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Matthew Ebden (born 26 November 1987) is an Australian professional tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 99 in singles and World No. 81 in doubles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Published Date : 1/26/2015
By :PK Mart
26 November 1987 (age 27) Durban, South Africa
188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Ebden was born in Durban, South Africa to Charles and Ann Ebden. Ebden is currently studying for a commerce degree while playing tennis professionally full-time. In Perth, Ebden plays State Grade for Wembley Downs Tennis Club as the number one player. He married Kim Doig, a lawyer, on 16 November 2012, in Margaret River, Western Australia.
Ebden spent much of his early career on the futures tour attempting to rise his ranking. It was not until the end of 2009 that Ebden had consistent results on the future tour after making the final of the last four tournaments he entered in 2009, taking out three of the four titles.
In January 2007, Ebden competed in the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open. He defeated Richard Bloomfield of Great Britain in the first round of qualifying 6–3, 5–7, 8–6. He was defeated in the following round 2–6, 4–6 to Serbian player Ilija Bozoljac. Ebden won his first Futures event at the USA F21 event which began in August 2007. He defeated American Michael Yani in the final 3–6, 6–1, 7–5. Ebden played in the qualifying event for the Australian Open for the second year in a row in January 2008. He lost to Flavio Cipolla of Italy in his first match 3–6, 6–4, 3–6. Ebden won his second Futures tournament at the Korea F2 event beginning in May 2008. He defeated Toshihide Matsui of Japan in the final 6–4, 7–5. For the third year running, Ebden participated in the qualifying event for the Australian Open in January 2009. He won his first match against Italian Giancarlo Petrazzuolo 6–3, 6–3. He lost to Michael Berrer of Germany in his following match 4–6, 6–3, 1–6. In October 2009, Ebden won his third Futures event at Australia F8. He defeated British player Jamie Baker in the final 6–2, 6–4. He was also triumphant in his next tournament, Australia F9, which began in November 2009. He won 6–3, 6–4 in the final against fellow Australian John Millman. At Australia F11, which began in November 2009, Ebden won his fifth Futures title. He defeated fellow Australian James Lemke 6–1, 6–1 in the final.
Ebden began 2010 by qualified for the Brisbane International defeating Marinko Matosevic, another Australian, 6–2, 6–2. In the main draw, he was drawn against sixth seed and world number 28 Jürgen Melzer of Austria in the first round and caused a huge upset by winning in straight sets 7–5, 6–1. He was then defeated in the second round by Richard Gasquet 6–3, 6–4. At the Australian Open, he qualified defeating Michal Przysiezny In the final round of qualification 7–5, 6–2,[He lost in the first round to world number 12 Gaël Monfils 4–6, 4–6, 4–6. He mainly played in the challenger circuit and reached the final of the Japan Indoor Tennis Championships losing to Yuichi Sugita 4–6, 6–4, 6–1. He then entered the qualifying draws of Roland Garros and Wimbledon and lost in the first round to Yuri Schukin 4–6, 4–6 and qualifying round to Taylor Dent 6–4, 6–7(1–8), 6–7(8–10), 3–6, respectively. At the US Open he lost Nicolas Mahut 3–6, 2–6 in the first round of the qualifying draw. Ebden represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games, he advanced to the semifinals defeating Patrick Ogier, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan 6–4, 7–5, and Joshua Goodall, but lost to number one seed Somdev Devvarman 3–6, 1–6. Edben ended up winning the bronze medal by beating fellow Australian and second seed Peter Luczak in straight sets 6–3, 6–3 in the third place play-off. Ebden won his sixth Futures event at Great Britain F16, defeating Britain's Daniel Evans 6–2, 3–6, 6–3. Ebden participated in the Australian Open Playoffs for a chance into the maindraw of the 2011 Australian Open. Ebden was the 4th seed. He defeated Benjamin Mitchell and Samuel Groth. This put Ebden in the final 4 of the tournament. He lost his semi final match to Peter Luczak 6–2, 1–6, 6–7.
Ebden began 2011 in a similar fashion to 2010 by being entered in the qualifying draw for the Brisbane International and qualified. In the first round of the main draw he was drawn against another Australian wildcard John Millman and won in three sets 4–6, 6–2, 6–4. His second round match was against world number 40 and eighth seed Denis Istomin and produced a huge upset by winning 6–4, 6–4 despite being 156 places below Istomin in the ATP Rankings. He was eventually defeated in the quarterfinals by world number 5 and eventual champion Robin Söderling 3–6, 2–6. He was then given a wildcard into the main draw of the Medibank International Sydney. He lost to fifth seed Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the first round 4–6, 3–6. The next week, he played in the Australian Open after being given a wildcard into the main draw. He lost in the first round to American Michael Russell 3–6, 2–6, 7–5, 6–7(7–9). At the BNP Paribas Open was able to qualify to the main draw just to lose to Mischa Zverev. He also qualified for the Aegon Championships, defeating Somdev Devvarman in the first round before losing to world no. 1 Rafael Nadal in the following round. At the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Ebden caused a major upset in the first round against 4th seed Ryan Sweeting by winning the match 6–4, 6–2. Ebden then followed it up with a three set win over Matthias Bachinger 2–6, 6–4, 6–4. Ebden lost to 6th seed Olivier Rochus 6–7(5–7), 3–6 in the quarterfinals. Ebden teamed with American Ryan Harrison to win the doubles title. He followed it up with another doubles title at the Atlanta Tennis Championships where he partnered with yet another American Alex Bogomolov Jr. He then competed at the Citi Open and qualified. He won his first match against Rajeev Ram, but lost to Nikolay Davydenko in the second round. At the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships Ebden went through the qualifying stages to get acceptance into the main draw. In the main draw Ebden drew Spaniard Pablo Andújar and progressed to win the match 6–7(4-7), 6–4, 6–4. Ebden's run came to an end at that stage where he lost to the 3rd seed David Ferrer 6–4, 2–6, 2–6. At the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Ebden was the 14th seed in the qualifying draw and qualified for the main draw. In the first round Ebden won for the 2nd time in a week 6–4, 6–4 against Pablo Andújar of Spain. Ebden then went on to defeat Ryan Harrison 6–4, 6–2 and then 11th seed and former World No. 6 Gilles Simon 6–2, 2–6, 7–6(8–6). Ebden eventually lost in straight sets 3–6, 2–6 to the World No. 4, second seed and defending champion, Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. Because of Ebden's surprise run at the event. he went up to 80 in the world. Ebden ended the year at 86........
Ebden's first tournament of the year was the Brisbane International. In the first round, Ebden lost to seventh seed Radek Štepánek in three sets 4–6, 6–3, 3–6. Ebden's next event was the Apia International Sydney where he competed as a wildcard. In the first round, Ebden upset seventh seeded Spaniard, Marcel Granollers in three sets 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 before losing to Marcos Baghdatis 6–3, 5–7, 6–7(3–7) in the second round. Ebden reached the final in doubles with Jarkko Nieminen but lost to the Bryan Brothers. Ebden's next event was 2012 Australian Open where he lost in the second round to Kei Nishikori despite leading two sets to love 6–3, 6–1, 4–6, 1–6, 1–6 after defeating João Souza in straight sets. Ebden made his debut for the Australia in Davis Cup against China, Ebden replaced Tomic to play Ya-Nan Ma in a dead rubber where he was victorious 6–4, 6–2. He then played at the SAP Open he was victorious in the first round against Dudi Sela 6–7(7–9), 6–2, 7–6(7–1), but lost to Kevin Anderson in the following round in straight sets. He then fell in the qualifying round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and first round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. At the BNP Paribas Open, Ebden entered the qualifying draw and qualified. In the first round, he faced Russian Igor Kunitsyn and won in three sets 6–1, 4–6, 6–4. He backed it up with another three set win over France's Julien Benneteau 2–6, 6–3, 6–2. In the third round he faced world no. 8 Mardy Fish and produced an upset with a straight set win 6–3, 6–4. He fell in the fourth round to John Isner in two tight sets 4–6, 5–7. Ebdem then only manage to win 1 match between Indian Wells and the grass season and this was at the Davis Cup, where he played first live rubber match against Suk-Young Jeong and won the match 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Edben started 2013, ranked at world number number 105 and began with three first round losses, at the Brisbane International, Apia International Sydney, and a five set loss at the Australian Open to Mikhail Youzhny despite winning the first two sets. However, he won the mixed doubles title with compatriot Jarmila Gajdosova and in doing so, won his first grand slam title and first mixed doubles title. This win made Ebden and Gajdošová the third all Australian pairing to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title and the first since 2005 when Samantha Stosur and Scott Draper won that title. He then competed in tournaments on the American hardcourts. He lost in the second round of the SAP Open, qualifying round of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, and the first round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. He qualified for the BNP Paribas Open losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the second round and lost in the first round of qualifying at the Sony Open Tennis. This results made his ranking dropped to number 137. Ebden then played on the Challenger circuit and made three consecutive quarterfinals. He then won the first Challenger title of his career at the Aegon Trophy defeating Benjamin Becker in the final.He lost in the first round of singles in the main draw of Wimbledon against Kei Nishikori and the second round of doubles with Jamie Delgado after receiving a wildcard into both events. He went on to lose in the first round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships to countryman Lleyton Hewitt.Ebden then reached the second rounds of Claro Open Colombia and BB&T Atlanta Open. At the American Challengers he lost in the finals of the Napa Valley Challenger to Donald Young and at the Tiburon Challenger to Peter Polansky. Ebden then played four Challenger events in Australia and Asia. He won three events at the Melbourne Challenger defeating Tatsuma Ito Keio Challenger defeating Go Soeda and the Dunlop World Challenge defeating Yuichi Sugita. Ebden ended the year at number 68, his highest year-end ranking in his career.......
Ebden began his year at the 2014 Brisbane International where he won his opening round over lucky loser Alex Kuznetsov after Nick Kyrgios had to withdraw with a shoulder injury. Ebden lost in the second round against second seed Kei Nishikori. He was also awarded a wildcard into the 2014 Apia International Sydney where he lost against Julien Benneteau in the first round.Ebden will then take part in the 2014 Australian Open as a direct entry. Defeated Nicolas Mahut in R1 of the 2014 Australian Open in 5 sets before losing to Vasek Pospisil in 4 sets on Rod Laver Arena. At the French Open, Ebden lost in round 1 to Pablo Cuevas in straight sets,,,
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