Former World No. 7 Peter McNamara believes that his former client Matthew Ebden will be ranked No. 1 in Australia within the next few months. With Tomic and Hewitt defending points, he believes the opportunity is there for world No. 68 to jump ahead.
”Mr Tomic has a lot of points to defend. Mr Matosevic doesn’t. Mr Hewitt does. So you’ve got to say that Mr Ebden after the Australian summer will be No.1 in Australia,” said McNamara,
McNamara started with Ebden 12 months ago after having previously worked with the likes of Mark Philippoussis and rising Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov. While Ebden had a successful run with McNamara, where he had a Challenger-level run that saw him rise from no. 153 to no. 68 in the Emirates ATP rankings, he ended his association with the German-native in October. His ascension in the rankings guaranteed him a spot in the Australian Open main draw alongside teammates Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt and Marinko Matosevic.
”Look, I do believe he’s a top 50 player anyway. I think he’s one of the fittest guys around, and when he believes in himself and works a little bit harder – he lacks a real weapon weapon, but he’s got the fitness and the speed – he’s top 50, there’s no question.
McNamara is skeptical about budding talents Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, who are considered the future of Australian tennis, saying that it is not wise to place all the proverbial “eggs in one basket”.
”Maybe we’re looking to the next generation to come through, but one thing we have to be careful about is not putting all our eggs in one basket and just looking to this next generation to be the saviour for Australian tennis. You need the other guys to pull them along. These boys (Kyrgios and Kokkinakis) are fantastic, they play fantastic tennis, but they’re yet to prove themselves.”
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