Hilarious bet between Wimbledon doubles champs Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell will see Ebden grow a mullet for SIX MONTHS until the Australian Open
- Matt Ebden will grow a flowing mullet as a Wimbledon champion reminder
- The 34-year-old made a cheeky bet with his doubles partner Max Purcell
- The Aussie duo will now both sport mullets and join an illustrious list
Wimbledon champs Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell will hold the All England doubles defending crown for the next year – but a cheeky bet between the two will see Ebden donning a classic mullet for the next six months.
The two survived a 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 five-set thriller that etched the Australians into the record books, becoming the 13th and 14th men from down under to claim the prestigious title.
Australians Matt Ebden and Max Purcell hoist their 2022 Wimbledons doubles trophies high after claiming a five-set thriller win over the reigning Croatian champions
For Ebden, he will remember his share of the $662,000 win for more than a pay check after losing a bet in the very best fashion to partner Max Purcell.
The duo told Channel 9 about the little bet, which means Ebden must now rock flowing locks on the back of his head up until the 2023 Australian Open next January.
‘We were just talking about it, a few months ago we put on Instagram a vote out ‘should Matty grow a mullet’,’ Ebden said.
‘After that I made a private little bet with him and I said ‘you know what, if we win Wimbledon I’ll grow a mullet until the Aussie Open.
She (Ebden’s wife) said ‘don’t tell Max’. I was thinking should I go to the hairdresser quickly and get a trim now to get a short one in because it’s already getting long,’ laughed Ebden.
Ebden and Purcell celebrate with a mid-air chest bump after winning match point at the Wimbledon final – as Purcell’s mullet flys high
The Australian underdogs took out the reigning victors, Croatian second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, in four hours and 11 minutes.
The 24 and 34-year-old overcame eight match points throughout the duration of their campaign and are the first Aussie pair to take out Wimbledon since Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in 2000.
Now, Ebden must start growing a six-month old mullet on the back of his head like his partner Purcell, joining the company of fellow Aussie stars like golfer Cameron Smith and sprinter Rohan Browning.
The mullet made it’s way back into men’s style during the COVID lockdown and has become a symbol of fortune.
Aussie star golfer Cameron Smith has grown out his mullet since 2021 and credits the locks as a good luck charm – he has since won the 2022 Players championship
2022 Players champion Cameron Smith credited his long blonde locks as his good luck charm and has won many PGA tour events since the inception in early 2021.
The South African born Australian reached a career best world no.39 singles rank in 2018 and has collected near $4million in prize money since starting his journey in 2006.
Ebden does a lap of honour with the Wimbledon winners trophy after becoming the 13th Australian to win the doubles All England crown
Purcell and Ebden will look to do one better at next seasons Australian Open, losing in the final to fellow Aussie wildfires Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis this year.
The tennis veteran posted the grand slam winning moment to Instagram with the caption: ‘I CANT BELIEVE IT!!! WE’VE WON @WIMBLEDON’.