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Colin Ebelthite top 100 here i come.


Colin Ebelthite is a man in form and on the move.

Since joining the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Pro Tour squad in January, Ebelthite has been in scintillating form and lost just three of 24 matches this year.

In a mammoth month of tennis, the South Australian won three Futures titles including Sorrento (WA), Perth and Wellington.

His impressive run has seen his ranking rocket to a career high 230, an outstanding feat given only sixteen months ago he was ranked No.703 in the world.

Ebelthite has a simple explanation for his dramatic transformation.

"Joining the AIS and working with a coach and a trainer for the first time in quite a few years that definitely got me into better shape and I've been working a lot harder off the court and the rewards have been a lot better on the court," Ebelthite said.

"It helps me a lot just having the coach when I play matches giving me advice, doing the training and doing the game plans.

"Then the physical side of it having the strength and conditioning party there helping out as well, for me it's really important and so far it's been great I'm really enjoying it."

The 23 year old knows there is a lot of hard work ahead if he is to take the next step onto the ATP Tour but is planning to stick to his current winning formula in the hope he will soon reap the rewards.

"I just want to enjoy playing tennis and stay healthy and fit and keep on improving on all the little stuff to keep heading in the right direction," he said.

"[Ultimately I will] hopefully be in the top 100 and maybe even in the top 50 in the world, I just want to reach my potential as a player."

Ebelthite is now at the end of a three week training block and will soon resume his charge up the rankings when he competes in a Futures event in Korea, several Challenger tournaments in India and America before hopefully contesting qualifying for Wimbledon.

Tennis is now a full-time job for Ebelthite and keeps him on the road for much of the year but while the window of opportunity to make his mark on the world stage remains open he is determined to give it his all.

"I think this year I've maybe been home for a week and a half for the whole year so it's a lot of hard work and a lot of travel," he said.

"It is tough, I was just home for the weekend and really enjoyed it there but I guess my mates and family are going to be there forever and I've got one crack at the tennis so I'm going to try and make the most of it."

I guess goodluck to him

they also posted this after he just like 6-3 6-2 to fellow aussie Matthew Ebden at a Korea 15K


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