PLAYER PROFILE

Akira Santillan

  • Age22
  • 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

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

Biggest movers: vast improvement for Aussie men in 2019
(L-R) Alexei Popyrin, James Duckworth, Chris O'Connell and Andrew Harris were Australian men who enjoyed notable rankings improvements in 2019. (Getty Images)
26 November, 2019

We look back at a stellar 12 months for several of Australia's men in the ATP rankings -- and celebrate the biggest movers and improvers.
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Polmans on track in Traralgon
PolmansTraralgon2019
23 October, 2019

Marc Polmans returns to home soil with a win, joining six other Australians in the third round at the ATP Challenger in Traralgon.
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Three Aussies remaining in US Open qualifying
(L-R) Priscilla Hon, Jaimee Fourlis and Lizette Cabrera (Getty Images)
23 August, 2019

Australians Ellen Perez, Zoe Hives and Akira Santillan will miss out on the US Open main draw after being falling in the second round of qualifying on Thursday.
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US Open: Cabrera, Fourlis, Hon reach qualifying final round
Lizette Cabrera in action during the final of the ITF 80K title in Granby, Canada (photo: Sarah-Jäde Champagne/Tennis Canada)
22 August, 2019

Australians Lizette Cabrera, Jaimee Fourlis and Priscilla Hon each stand just one win away from the US Open main draw.
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