PLAYER PROFILE

Akira Santillan

  • Age21
  • 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

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: De Minaur cracks top 50
Alex De Minaur in action during his second-round win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon; Getty Images
7 August, 2018

As Alex De Minaur broke new ground in the latest ATP rankings, Ajla Tomljanovic returned to the top 60 while James Duckworth soared more than 200 places after his wins in…
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Kokkinakis, Tomic among five Aussies to advance
Thanasi Kokkinakis in action during his first-round victory at Wimbledon qualifying in 2018; Getty Images
26 June, 2018

It was a great start for Australia on Day 1 of Wimbledon qualifying, with Thanasi Kokkinakis, Bernard Tomic, Alex Bolt, Jason Kubler and JP Smith reaching the second round.
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Kokkinakis, Tomic among Aussies in Wimbledon qualifying
Thanasi Kokkinakis; Getty Images
25 June, 2018

Eight Australian men will begin their quest to reach the main draw at Wimbledon on Monday via the qualifying tournament at Roehampton.
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Winning day for Gavrilova, Stosur
Daria Gavrilova; Getty Images
19 June, 2018

It was a great start to the week for Australia's women, with Daria Gavrilova and Sam Stosur enjoying grass-court wins and Ajla Tomljanovic qualifying in Mallorca.
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