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: Harris approaching top 200
Andrew Harris (photo: Elizabeth Xue Bai)
14 May, 2019

Following a second ATP Challenger final appearance in Busan, South Korea, Andrew Harris has soared towards the world's top 200.
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Biggest movers: Smith recovering ground
John-Patrick Smith (Getty Images)
7 May, 2019

John-Patrick Smith rises almost 50 places in the latest rankings after his run to the ATP Challenger final in Mexico, while Maddison Inglis cracks the top 300 after reaching the…
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Kokkinakis, Rodionova lead Aussie charge in AO qualifying
Thanasi Kokkinakis (L) and Arina Rodionova are the highest-ranked male and female Australians taking part in Australian Open 2019 qualifying (Getty Images)
7 January, 2019

Ten men and 12 women will represent Australia in the Australian Open 2019 qualifying events, which kick off at Melbourne Park on Tuesday 8 January.
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Vukic safely through in Playford
Vukic Playford 2019
1 January, 2019

Sydney’s Aleks Vukic keeps Australian hopes alive with a spirited opening win at the ATP Challenger 90 in Playford.
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