Wimbledon 2022 final: Matthew Ebden reveals his mullet bet with Max Purcell, reaction from his wife

Matthew Ebden is bathing in Wimbledon glory but a bet with his doubles partner has come back to bite him and his wife isn’t happy.

Matthew Ebden will not forget this moment for a long time.

The Australian doubles star etched his name in the record books when he and partner Max Purcell claimed doubles glory on Sunday (AEST).

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But for Ebden, he will have a reminder of the stunning victory on top of his head after revealing a bet he made with Purcell.

Purcell, 24, like many other star athletes these days, rocks a long, curly mullet. A hairstyle that has come back into fashion over the past year.

As the duo spoke with Channel 9’s Tony Jones, Jones put Ebden on the spot by asking him about the bet he had made.

“We were just talking about it, a few months ago we put an upvote on Instagram ‘if Matty grows a mullet,'” Ebden said.

“Heaps said yes, heaps said no. I said no, he said yes. After that I made a little private bet with him and said ‘you know what, if we win Wimbledon I’ll grow a mullet to the Australian Open’.

“I haven’t told anyone else about it. I told my wife last night, because I told her about the bet at the time.

Ebden described telling his wife as an improvised bet to appease his doubles partner more than anything serious.

“I told him last night that if we won tomorrow I had to farm a mule,” Ebden continued.

“She said ‘don’t tell Max’. I thought I should go to the hairdresser quickly and get a cut now to make it short because it’s already getting long.

“But congratulations to Maxy.”

Ebden and Purcell won an epic victory in a five-set center court thriller to become Wimbledon men’s doubles champions.

The Australian duo toppled Wimbledon titleholders Croatian second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic as they claimed the Grand Slam crown in a fifth-set tiebreaker 7-6 (7 /5), 6-7 (7/3), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10/2) which lasted four hours and 11 minutes.

It’s the first time a men’s doubles match at the All England Club has been decided by the first-to-10 tiebreaker of the fifth set – and the Australians found themselves on the right side of history when it was all over .

Edben and Purcell entered the tournament as the 14th seed and reached the final after saving three match points in their first round and then five more in their semi-final win.

The stars won five of their six matches in five sets and became the first Australian pair to win Wimbledon since Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in 2000.

This is the first major doubles title for the pair. They lost the Australian Open final to Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.