Akira Santillan

  • Age20
  • Born22 May 1997
  • Birth PlaceTokyo, Japan
  • LivesBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Height176 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachMark Draper
“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

2016 216
2015 616
2014 1419
2013 1799




2017 Winnetka Challenger

2016 Spain F39 ITF

Akira Santillan in the news

Australian Open wildcards on the line at AO Play-off
7 December, 2017

Australians Akira Santillan and Arina Rodionova, both closing in on the top 100, will headline next week's Australian Open 2018 Play-off fields.
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Biggest movers: Kubler returns to top 350
Jason Kubler in action at the 2014 Sibiu Open ATP Challenger event; Silvana Armat/Sibiu Open
31 October, 2017

Following his ATP Challenger success in Traralgon, Jason Kubler has shot up the rankings and reclaimed a place in the world's top 350 - just a few weeks after being outside…
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Tomic suffers another first-round loss
Bernard Tomic exits the court following his first-round loss at the ATP Chengdu Open; Getty Images
27 September, 2017

Bernard Tomic remains winless since June after a first-round loss to No.6 seed Kyle Edmund in Chengdu, China.
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Aussies in action: Millman, Santillan, Tomic in Asia
John Millman is looking forward to his third round clash with Philipp Kohlschreiber. Photo: Getty Images
26 September, 2017

Australian trio Bernard Tomic, John Millman and Akira Santillan will take to the court on Tuesday in China at ATP events in Chengdu and Shenzhen.
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