Aussie doubles finalist Matt Edben has revealed the painful consequence of making the Australian Open final after revealing his wife is expected to give birth in around two weeks time.
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis set up an all-Australian men's doubles final at Melbourne Park against Ebden and Max Purcell.
'DEPRESSING': Nick Kyrgios snaps at reporter's question
Ebden and Purcell took down second seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) in their semi-final.
However, Ebden has revealed that by making the final he will be cutting it fine to get back in time for the birth of his child due to Western Australia's quarantine rules.
WA Premier Mark McGowan recently delayed the opening of the borders to other states and pushed it out to February 5.
The Ebden's are expecting their child on February 14.
“I have a baby due in about two weeks so I’m skating on thin ice… this final means I’ll likely miss the birth of my baby now because the border rules changed,” Ebden said on 6PR Breakfast Radio.
“It’s terrible. I left my wife about eight months pregnant, knowing I could come back on the 5th of February.”
The shock rule change has left Ebden frustrated, but he was hoping compassionate grounds may be considered.
Ebden said he did not expect any special treatment and said he 'wasn't entitled to anything', but was desperate to see his wife and baby regardless of the restrictions.
“Obviously the border rules changed last week since I’ve been here and, yeah, my wife’s not very happy… same as many other Australians out there missing their families, loved ones, births, funerals,” he said.
“It’s just horrible … I’m on the first flight out on Sunday but have to go into hotel and home quarantine and potentially miss the birth, which is terrible.”
Nick Kyrgios angered over Aus Open crowd questions
Saturday's doubles final will feature four Australian men for the first time since 1980.
But for all the excitement about the all-Australian final, Kyrgios was irked by a 'depressing' line of questioning in his post-match press conference.
When asked by a reporter how he expected the home crowd to react when he and Kokkinakis face Ebden and Purcell, Kyrgios replied: “You answer that question, how do you think it’s going to go?”
The reporter suggested fans might get behind the 'Special Ks' more than Ebden and Purcell, to which Kokkikankis responded: “Hopefully. Wouldn’t be against the idea.
“At the end of the day they can support who they want to support, but hopefully they’re for us.
"We couldn’t ask for anything more as far as the crowd support so far.
“There were a few (fans) in their match, there were a lot in our match, and hopefully that tells the story.”
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