Ebden outclassed by Nishikori at Wimbledon

Australian wild card Matt Ebden was knocked out in the first round at Wimbledon with a straight-sets defeat to Japanese 12th seed Kei Nishikori on Tuesday. The 23-year-old lost 6-2 6-4 6-3. Ebden, ranked 110th, earned a wild card entry into the main draw after winning a Challenger event on grass in Nottingham earlier this…

Philosophical Ebden ready for Nishikori

Playing in his second Wimbledon main draw, 25-year-old Matt Ebden was philosophical when he learned of his first-round opponent. “He’s obviously a really good player but I don’t think it’s the worst draw I could get and it’s not the best draw I could get. “But if I’m looking to try get through a few…

Mainstone on World Championships in Barcelona

Don’t ask respected coach Mel Tantrum to separate her three world championship-bound open water swimmers. Tantrum has had the top Australian, New Zealand and Japanese open water swimmers under her tutelage for the past few months. Perth’s Australian title holder Rhys Mainstone has been with Tantrum for two years, while Kiwi Kane Radford and Japan’s…

Tough draw for Ebden at Wimbledon

Matt Ebden will have to overcome a formidable seeded opponent to make it into Wimbledon’s second round.

Wildcard Ebden opens against Japanese 12th seed Kei Nishikori who he last played in the second round of the 2012 Australia Open. After winning the first two sets, Ebden went down in five, losing 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 1-6.

 

Coulter-Nile to stay on until Ashes

West Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile has received the dream news he will stay on with Australia’s Test squad for at least the road into the Ashes. Coulter-Nile has been part of Australia’s Champions Trophy touring party, and while not officially in the Ashes squad, he will now remain in the UK for the coming…

Matt Ebden handed Wimbledon wildcard

Australian Matt Ebden has landed a rare Wimbledon dual wildcard into both singles and doubles. The Perth right-hander last week won his first Challenger on grass at Nottingham, obviously impressing All England Club officials. Ranked 109th in the world, the Australian Davis Cupper would have taken his chances in qualifying if not for Wimbledon’s generosity.…

Ebden wins first ATP Challenger title in Nottingham

Australia’s Matt Ebden won his first ATP Challenger title with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 victory over defending champion Benjamin Becker in Sunday’s final in Nottingham. Ebden, ranked 122nd in the world, took just over two hours to see off German world number 97 Becker and win the grass-court event, which is part of the ATP’s…

Ebden to face Becker in men’s final

Matthew Ebden will face defending champion Benjamin Becker in the men’s final in Nottingham. Ebden has enjoyed a fantastic Challenger tournament so far and continued his fine form by breezing past Bobby Reynolds of the USA 6-2 7-5. The Australian will now face Becker in the final after he too stormed into the final beating fourth seed Kenny…

Moore wins gold in Luxembourg

Malta’s first gold medal in the 2013 Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) has been won by Kevin Moore. Moore took victory in the 400m final in 47.53 at the Josy Barthel Stadium in Luxembourg to lift Malta off the foot of the medal tally. Icelandic sprinters Ivar Jasonarson (48.05) and Kolbeinn Gunnarson (48.21) rounded…