Eb­den op­ti­mistic about year ahead

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

AUS­TRALIAN Open hope­ful and Wem­b­ley Downs Tennis Club life mem­ber Matt Eb­den was a hit­ting part­ner for world num­ber three Roger Fed­erer dur­ing last week’s Hop­man Cup.

The 29-year-old, who is gear­ing up for the Aus­tralian Open in Melbourne from Jan­uary 16, said he had a few things in com­mon with Fed­erer.

Eb­den said they had both spent the past six months on the side­line be­cause of a knee in­jury.

“We’re both glad 2016 is be­hind us and 2017 is here,” he said.

“I’ve hit with him be­fore be­cause we’ve played in the same tour­na­ments. “I try to learn from ev­ery hit I have. “It’s been good for my move­ment af­ter the knee in­jury.

“I’m mov­ing well around the court, so that gives me hope and con­fi­dence go­ing in to the Aus­tralian Open.”

Eb­den is reg­is­tered to play for Mos­man Park Tennis Club in the 2016-17 pen­nants sea­son, but the club is yet to come to an agree­ment with his man­ager.

He said there was still a chance he would play for the club this sea­son.

Matt Eb­den was a hit­ting part­ner for Roger Fed­erer dur­ing the Hop­man Cup.

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