Matt Ebden who on Sunday won the Apis Canberra International tennis title with a 7-6(4), 6-4 over Japan’s Taro Daniel, has jumped from 117 to 100 in the ATP rankings. That places Ebden as the third highest ranked Australian behind Nick Kyrgios at 21 and Jordan Thompson at 92. Daniel was the highest-ranked player in the draw after Jordan Thompson had withdrawn. After Daniel’s runner-up effort he now sits at 96.
The Canberra International tournament has been running for three years and last year was won by James Duckworth who defeated Marc Polmans. The tournament is part of the ATP Challenger Tour which sits below the main ATP world tour.
Polmans returned to Canberra to compete in this year’s tournament and had earlier this year won back-to-back clay court titles in Canberra. In this tournament, he fell to eventual champion Matt Ebden in the semifinal. Polmans looked solid in the opening set, taking it 7-5, but then Ebden lifted his game to easily win the second set 6-1. Polmans fell behind early in the third set and then had a break point to get back on serve, but Ebden held tight before closing out the match to claim a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 win.
Ebden, who missed a large part of the 2016 season had earlier this year reached the ATP final at Hall of Fame Open in Newport. That gave his ranking a huge boost after falling to his lowest end of year ranking for almost 10 years. On 2 January this year, Ebden was ranked at 699 and today is at 100.
Ebden said after the match that he will head to Japan to play to end the season and hopefully further boost his ranking. He also talked about how he appreciates the little things a bit more after having been out for a large part of 2016. Ebden is playing in the Kobe ATP Challenger event along with fellow Australians, John Millman, Marinko Matosevic, Omar Jasika, Akira Santillan and Alex Bolt. Japan’s Daniel is also playing as the second seed.
Marc Polmans, by not being able to at least defend the points he earned as runner-up in last years Canberra International sees his ranking fall by 28 places to 329, after hitting a career-high of 175 on 12 June this year.
The next top class action to come to Canberra will be in January when the Canberra Tennis Centre hosts a Challenger event with USD 75,000 in prize money. The tournament starts on 8 January 2018.