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azza 05-02-2008 05:37 AM

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


scotthongkong 05-02-2008 11:15 AM

Re: Colin Ebelthite top 100 here i come.
Well done Azza for starting this! I wish Colin and of course, my heavenly one , keep climbing and pushing each other up the ranks. I wonder if they like each other as a doubles partnership would fit perfectly here!

OZTENNIS 05-09-2008 10:02 AM

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Good luck to him, but I don't think he'll go much further than he already has.

scotthongkong 05-10-2008 09:51 AM

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Go Colin! I have faith!

azza 05-18-2008 02:10 AM

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Colin made the QF of a weak india 50K losing to number 1 seed Lu 6-1 6-4

and is back at another 50K in india facing a WC in R1 which he should win

scotthongkong 05-19-2008 03:05 PM

Re: Colin Ebelthite top 100 here i come.
Good luck this week Colin!

azza 05-20-2008 03:03 AM

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Ebelthite Won his R1 6-3 6-4 :)

Matchu 07-11-2008 11:51 AM

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After a bad week of dropping from 209 in the rankings to 247 hes hit back with a semifinal in Israel. Hes got Ivo Klec in the semis and is the second highest seed left in the draw. If he is able to win the challenger he will move inside the top 200 which will be great for him. He is playing in Manchester next week and then heading to North America for some more challengers.

Hes definetly putting himself in the position to attempt to crack the top 100.

azza 07-11-2008 10:26 PM

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he lost in the SF 64 63 but i think this will push himn back up to 220

scotthongkong 07-11-2008 10:58 PM

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Some great form here from Colin. Keep it up. I think this new group are really pushing each other which is wonderful!

scotthongkong 07-16-2008 01:41 AM

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Shitty first round loss overnight in Manchester to a Japanese player in a third set tie break. The score of that was 8/6!

OZTENNIS 07-16-2008 07:33 AM

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Oh well, hopefully with a few more good tournaments he can crack the top 200 :)

azza 07-16-2008 09:23 AM

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He must not like the grass at all. not many wins on grass this yr with the 4-5 grass tourneis hes played

Timbo 07-17-2008 01:43 PM

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I saw him play the Wimby qualies this year and his game is certainly not matched to grass...but it's largely a matter of attitude as well. He didn't hit a single volley that I can recall and was actually retreating from the net after getting almost to the service line to hit ground strokes. He would've been better off travelling to the US to play some of the hardcourt events.

I have to say, from what I saw his chances of getting into the top 100 any time soon were very very slim.

scotthongkong 09-21-2008 06:17 AM

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A really nice win in the Kawana final today against Marinko Matosevic who was certainly in great form during the week. Colin was the top seed and there were some really good players competing so well done.

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