PLAYER PROFILE

Akira Santillan

  • Age20
  • 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 Roger 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

2014 1419
2013 1799

 

Akira Santillan in the news

Santillan bows out of Open in semis
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30:  Akira Santillan of Australia in action in his semifinal match against Seong-chan Hong of Korea during the Australian Open 2015 Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Getty Images)
30 January, 2015

Akira Santillan fell just two wins away from the boys’ singles title at the 2015 Australian Open when he was defeated by South Korean Seong-chan Hong 6-2 7-6(2) at Melbourne…
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Santillan into boys’ semis at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 29:  Akira Santillan of Australia in action in his match against Duck Hee Lee of Korea during the Australian Open 2015 Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Patrick Scala/Getty Images)
29 January, 2015

Akira Santillan is just two wins away from becoming the boys' singles champion at the 2015 Australian Open.
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Polmans and Santillan reach boys’ quarterfinals at Open
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24:  Marc Polmans of Australia plays a forehand in his match against Corentin Denolly of France during the Australian Open 2015 Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
28 January, 2015

Marc Polmans and Akira Santillan won through to the quarterfinals of the boys' singles at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
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Aiava dreams big as four Aussies advance
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27:  Destanee Aiava of Australia in action in her match against Miriam Kolodziejova of the Czech Republic during the Australian Open 2015 Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Getty Images)
27 January, 2015

Four Aussies won through to the third round of the junior tournaments at the Australian Open on Tuesday, including Destanee Aiava who has set herself a big goal.
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