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

Rogowska battling as rain halts Paris qualifying
Olivia Rogowska in action during Australian Open 2017 qualifying; Getty Images
15 hours ago

Olivia Rogowska and Lizette Cabrera are held up by rain, while John-Patrick Smith is beaten on day two of French Open qualifying.
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Kokkinakis, Tomic and Santillan win in Paris qualifying
Thanasi Kokkinakis; Getty Images
22 May, 2018

Three of the six Australians in action on day one of French Open qualifying make it through to round two.
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Kokkinakis, Tomic lead Aussie hopes in Roland Garros qualifying
READY TO GO: Thanasi Kokkinakis is one of six Australian men who begin their French Open qualifying campaign tonight; Getty Images
21 May, 2018

Six Australians begin their French Open qualifying campaigns tonight in Paris.
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Top of the class? Aussies’ report card for Q1
Ash Barty in action at Australian Open 2018, where she reached the third round; Getty Images
10 April, 2018

With the first three months of the season complete, we take a look at how the top Aussie players have fared in the first quarter, and what lies ahead for the claycourt season.
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