Matt Ebden and Max Purcell are selling themselves as the M&Ms after stealing the chocolates and joining some of the legends of Australian tennis as Wimbledon men’s doubles champions.
Two days after saving five match points in the semi-finals, Ebden and Purcell battled for four hours, 11 minutes on Saturday to defeat Croatia’s defending champions Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 6-4 7-6 (10-2) in an equally epic title match.
Runners-up to “Special Ks” – Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis – in the Australian Open final in January, Ebden and Purcell are the first Aussies to reign at the All England Club since Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge captured their sixth Wimbledon crown 22 years ago.
Before the “The Woodies” dominated, the “Super Macs” – Paul McNamee and Peter McNamara – claimed two Wimbledon titles in 1980 and ’82.
The “Super Macs” and “Woodies” were the last…