Australian Open 2022: Tennis star Matt Ebden set to miss the birth of his child after Mark McGowan border switch

Western Australian tennis ace Matt Ebden will likely miss the birth of his child due to Mark McGowan’s border backflip.

Ebden, who will face partner Max Purcell against Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis in the Australian Open doubles final this weekend, was due to return to Perth after the border reopens on February 5.

His wife is expecting the birth of the couple’s first son on February 14.

“I have a baby due in about two weeks so I’m skating on thin ice…this final means I’m probably going to miss the birth of my baby right now because the border rules have changed,” he said. he declared to 6PR.

“It’s terrible. I left my wife about eight months pregnant at the end of December, knowing that I could return on February 5.

Camera iconMatt Ebden and his wife Kim. Credit: John Koh/western australia

“But now obviously the border rules have changed in the last week since I’ve been here, my wife isn’t very happy…as are many other Australians who miss their families, loved ones, births, births, their funeral,” he said.

Ebden is on the first flight home on Sunday morning after the Grand Slam final, but he will be forced to spend two weeks in quarantine despite being double-vaccinated and self-isolating in Melbourne.

“It’s just awful…I have to be locked in a hotel or home quarantine for two weeks and potentially miss the birth of my first son because of what happened, so it’s terrible,” he said. he declared.

The tennis champion said he did not expect to be treated any differently to other West Australians, but would like to be shown some compassion.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 02: Matthew Ebden of Australia serves in his match against Federico Delbonis of Argentina on day two of the ATP 250 Great Ocean Road Open at Melbourne Park on February 02, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)
Camera iconMatt Ebden will play the doubles final this weekend. Credit: mike owen/Getty Images

“I don’t expect any special treatment. I don’t expect anything, I’m not entitled to anything, I’m like everyone else,” Ebden said.

“I know rules are rules and it might not happen, but if I could even put on full PPE and go to a separate glass room somewhere and even just see my wife and baby through a glass room, that would be special.

Ebden and his doubles partner Purcell are set to take on Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis on Saturday night in the first all-Australian men’s doubles showdown at the Melbourne event since 1980.


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