PLAYER PROFILE

Akira Santillan

  • Age25
  • Born22 May 1997
  • Birth PlaceTokyo, Japan
  • LivesBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Height176 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachMark Draper
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“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

2021 330
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

Ranking movers: De Minaur returns to world’s top 20
Alex de Minaur. Picture: Getty Images
23 May, 2022

Australia's Alex de Minaur is back inside the world's top 20 in the latest ATP singles rankings.
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Ranking movers: Popyrin rises after title-winning run
Alexei Popyrin celebrates his ATP Challenger title win in Bordeaux. Picture: Twitter
16 May, 2022

Australian Alexei Popyrin has been rewarded with a significant ranking rise after claiming his second career ATP Challenger title at an event in Bordeaux.
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Ranking movers: Li Tu climbs to new career-high
Li Tu. Picture: Getty Images
9 May, 2022

Li Tu is one of several Australian players achieving new career-high rankings this week.
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Edward Winter stuns Gilles Simon in AO 2022 qualifying
Edward Winter at Australian Open 2022 qualifying; Getty Image
11 January, 2022

South Australian teen Edward Winter stuns former world No.6 Gilles Simon in AO 2022 qualifying, with Marc Polmans also advancing to the second round.
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