Grand Slam doubles champ Matt Ebden returns to Wembley Downs club roots as part of injury recovery

Matthew Ebden.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie  www.communitypix.com.au d454553
Matthew Ebden. Picture: Andrew Ritchie  www.communitypix.com.au d454553

IF there is one person the new crop of tennis players can learn from, it is former mixed doubles Grand Slam champion Matt Ebden.

The Australian No. 6 is recuperating from a leg injury and working towards Wimbledon next month back on the courts at his local club Wembley Downs.

Speaking about recent controversy surrounding Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, Ebden said he supported the firm stance Tennis Australia and the Olympic committee had taken.

“I tell him how it is when I speak to him (Tomic). I give him some hassle for the things he does and I give him some love for things he does too; we’re pretty good friends and have been for a long time,” he said.

“Probably in tennis we’ve been guilty in the past 10 to 15 years of being a little bit lenient on poor behaviour.

“It’s never a perfect world, but I think it is good the Olympic committee does seem to have a firm stance and there should definitely be a strong code of morals and ethics.”

The former Hale School student said spending a few weeks at home made for a nice change from a life on tour.

“I played the Australian Open in January, I had the leg problem then and then I played a few tournaments in February in the States, but it wasn’t quite right, so I’ve spent the last few months seeing doctors and physios at the WA Institute of Sport,” he said.

“My goal is to try be ready for Wimbledon which is just over a month away, so hopefully I can get over to the UK in the next few weeks and be ready for that.”