After rising 117 spots in the world rankings inside twelve months to a career high of #79, Matt Ebden’s stellar year has been recognised by his peers after being nominated as a finalist in the ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year award for 2011.
Ebden is joined by fellow Australian and Davis Cup team mate Bernard Tomic, who along with Milos Raonic and Ryan Harrison are the four players nominated for the award by their fellow ATP players.
Past winners of the prestigious title include the likes of Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Pat Rafter, Mark Philippoussis, John McEnroe and Michael Chang.
Having recently come off a successful stint in Asia in making the quarter finals of the Shanghai Masters and taking the scalp of world #12 Gilles Simon along the way, Ebden flew out of Australia yesterday for the upcoming Paris Masters.
Following Paris, Ebden will stay in Europe for a further two tournaments before returning home to begin preparations for the Australian Summer.