PLAYER PROFILE

Akira Santillan

  • Age23
  • Born22 May 1997
  • Birth PlaceTokyo, Japan
  • LivesBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Height176 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachMark Draper
FOLLOW
“He obviously got his revenge on me, so this time it’s time to get my revenge back.”

— Akira Santillan, 29 Jan 2015

» Santillan into boys’ semis at Australian Open

On court

  • finished runner-up at the 2014 Roland Garros junior boys’ doubles event with Austrian Lucas Miedler
  • upset second seed Matt Reid in the opening round of the Australian Open 2014 Wildcard Play-off
  • favourite thing about being a tennis player is travelling and playing other people around the world
  • first realised he was good enough to be professional when he began training and playing full time
  • tennis idols are Roger Federer and Carlos Moya; feels his game most closely resembles Federer
  • loves the Australian Open for its great atmosphere
  • names Stefan Kozlov as the toughest opponent he’s ever faced
  • wishes he could replay the final of the junior French Open doubles event of 2014; he and partner Lucas Miedler lost 6-3 6-3 to Benjamin Bonzi and Quentin Halys
  • dream tennis scenario would be facing Roger Federer on Wimbledon’s Centre Court
  • professional goals are to become world No.1 and to win all four Grand Slam titles

Off court

  • favourite food is Japanese cuisine
  • enjoys playing PS3
  • perfect day would involve playing tennis and sleeping

Year-end ranking history

2020 279
2019 253
2018 334
2017 145
2016 216
2015 616
2014 1419
2013 1799

 

Titles/Finals

Titles

2017 Winnetka Challenger

2016 Spain F39 ITF

Akira Santillan in the news

Perez, Hijikata, Kubler a step closer to AO main draw
Ellen Perez in action during her first-round qualifying win of AO 2021 in Dubai over Caroline Dolehide. (photo: Tennis Australia/Jorge Ferrari)
11 January, 2021

Three Aussies - Ellen Perez, Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler - have recorded first-round victories in Australian Open 2021 qualifying.
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Aussie men ready for Australian Open 2021 qualifying
AUSSIE HOPES: Andrew Harris, John-Patrick Smith and Tristan Schoolkate. Pictures: Getty Images
10 January, 2021

Find out more about the 12 Australian men who are contesting Australian Open 2021 qualifying in Doha this week.
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Draws set for Australian Open 2021 qualifying
AUSSIE HOPES: Storm Sanders and Matthew Ebden are wildcard entrants in the Australian Open 2021 qualifying events. Pictures: Getty Images
10 January, 2021

Find out who our Australian players have drawn in the opening round of the Australian Open 2021 qualifying events.
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Aussies set for Australian Open 2021 qualifying
AUSSIE HOPES: Jason Kubler, Ellen Perez and Max Purcell will contest Australian Open 2021 qualifying. Pictures: Getty Images
29 December, 2020

Australia will be well represented in the qualifying draws at Australian Open 2021, with 20 players set to compete.
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