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

US Open: Smith, Santillan one win from main draw
John-Patrick Smith; Getty Images
25 August, 2017

John-Patrick Smith and Akira Santillan advanced to the final round of US Open qualifying on Thursday; both are just a single victory away from a main-draw berth.
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US Open qualifying: Aiava, Cabrera, Smith score wins
Destanee Aiava; Getty Images
24 August, 2017

Destanee Aiava, Lizette Cabrera and John-Patrick Smith have joined Akira Santillan in the second round of US Open qualifying after wins in New York on Wednesday.
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Santillan advances in US Open qualifying
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25:  Akira Santillan of Australia in action in his match against Boris Pokotilov of Russia during the Australian Open 2015 Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
23 August, 2017

Australian Akira Santillan took a step closer to the main draw of the US Open with victory on Tuesday at Flushing Meadows.
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Kokkinakis into Los Cabos quarterfinals
Thanasi Kokkinakis; Getty Images
3 August, 2017

Thanasi Kokkinakis has reached his first ATP-level quarterfinal with a nail-biting victory over Canadian Peter Polansky on Wednesday in Los Cabos.
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