Australian world No. 223 Matthew Ebden has ended his 2019 season just a bit prematurely but he underlines that he is in great spirits and excited about the next year. After a breakthrough 2018 season, the Australian was aiming to continue his rise this year but that wasn't the case as health issues took a toll on his game and results.
Ebden, who started the year ranked at No. 46 in the world, suffered an eight-match losing streak at the beginning of 2019 and he finishes this season with a 5-16 record on the year at the ATP level. The 31-year-old hasn't played since the early September as he has taken his time to get back to being fully healthy.
"(It) was a short, but fun 2019 season," Ebden announced via his Instagram account. Thanks to everyone who was apart of it and for all the love and support from here in Perth, Australia and all around the world.
We decided to end the season a bit shorter than usual, and take a little bit of a break before the pre season and the new 2020 season next year. "Has been awesome fun to have a bit of extra time to spend at home in this beautiful country, with family, friends and good people, and with some exciting events and projects in the works.
"Looking forward to getting stuck in to the pre-season training soon, and looking forward to beginning 2020 strong."