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Akira Santillan

Akira Santillan
2017 US Open Tennis - Qualifying Rounds - Akira Santillan (AUS) def. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) (36213145704).jpg
Santillan at the 2017 US Open
Country (sports) Australia (2010-2015, 2017-current)
 Japan (2015-2017)
ResidenceBrisbane, Australia
Born (1997-05-22) 22 May 1997 (age 25)
Tokyo, Japan
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2013
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachMark Woodforde (2017-2018) Marinko Matosevic (2021-present)
Prize money$429,254
Singles
Career record2-7 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 144 (13 November 2017)
Current rankingNo. 347 (7 March 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2017)
French OpenQ2 (2018)
WimbledonQ2 (2019)
US OpenQ3 (2017)
Doubles
Career record0-2 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 197 (29 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 508 (7 March 2022)
Last updated on: 14 March 2022.

Akira Santillan ( , Santiran Akira, born 22 May 1997) is a Japanese born, Australian tennis player.

Early life

Santillan was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a South African father of Spanish descent. He lived the first 8 years of his life in Japan before his family relocated to the Gold Coast, Australia and became citizens. He played much of his junior tennis at the Gold Coast before moving to Brisbane to join the national academy program at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

Junior career

On the junior tour, Santillan has a career high ITF junior ranking of 7 achieved in September 2015. Santillan's major highlights on the junior tour included a semi-final at the 2015 Australian Open and doubles finals at the 2014 French Open and the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.

In March 2015, Santillan opted to play under the Japanese flag instead due to a fractious relationship with Tennis Australia.[1] He returned to playing under the Australian flag in 2017.

Junior Grand Slam finals

Doubles

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Loss 2014 French Open Clay Austria Lucas Miedler France Benjamin Bonzi
France Quentin Halys
3-6, 3-6
Loss 2015 Wimbledon Grass United States Reilly Opelka Vietnam Lý Hoàng Nam
India Sumit Nagal
6-7(4-7), 4-6

Professional career

Santillan has a career high ATP singles ranking of 160 achieved on 24 July 2017. He also has a career high ATP doubles ranking of 265 achieved also on 17 July 2017. Santillan has won 6 ITF Futures singles titles and 1 ITF Futures doubles title.

Santillan made his ATP main draw debut at the 2016 Generali Open Kitzbühel, receiving singles and doubles main draw wildcards.

Santillan lost in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open - Men's singles qualifying.[2]

Challenger and Futures/World Tennis Tour finals

Singles: 10 (7-3)

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (1-0)
ITF Futures/World Tennis Tour (6-3)
Titles by surface
Hard (7-3)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Apr 2015 Thailand F1, Bangkok Futures Hard Japan Kento Takeuchi 6-3, 6-2
Loss 1-1 May 2015 Thailand F2, Bangkok Futures Hard United States Andre Dome 4-6, 7-6(9-7), 1-6
Win 2-1 Apr 2016 Spain F7, Madrid Futures Hard Canada Steven Diez 6-4, 7-6(7-5)
Loss 2-2 Apr 2016 Spain F11, Mostoles Futures Hard France Antoine Escoffier 4-6, 7-6(7-5), 3-6
Win 3-2 May 2016 China F7, Wuhan Futures Hard South Korea Chung Yun-seong 6-1, 6-4
Win 4-2 May 2016 China F8, Luan Futures Hard New Zealand Finn Tearney 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Win 5-2 Jun 2016 Spain F18, Palma del Río Futures Hard France Rémi Boutillier 7-5, 6-3
Win 6-2 Dec 2016 Spain F39, Cuevas del Almanzora Futures Hard Spain Roberto Ortega Olmedo 6-1, 6-1
Win 7-2 Jul 2017 Winnetka, USA Challenger Hard India Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6(7-1), 6-2
Loss 7-3 Feb 2022 M25, Canberra, Australia World Tennis Tour Hard Australia Dane Sweeny 3-6, 6-4, 5-7

Doubles: 16 (9-7)

Legend (doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (2-4)
ITF Futures/World Tennis Tour (7-3)
Titles by surface
Hard (8-4)
Clay (1-3)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Mar 2016 Spain F6, Tarragona Futures Clay Portugal Gonçalo Oliveira Spain Marc López
Spain Jaume Munar
7-6(7-4), 3-6, [7-10]
Loss 0-2 Apr 2016 Spain F8, Madrid Futures Hard Spain Carlos Gómez-Herrera Spain Carlos Boluda-Purkiss
Australia Alex de Minaur
4-6, 4-6
Win 1-2 May 2016 China F7, Wuhan Futures Hard Australia Harry Bourchier China He Yecong
China Wang Aoxiong
4-6, 6-2, [10-7]
Loss 1-3 Jul 2016 Segovia, Spain Challenger Hard (i) Spain Joaquín Muñoz Hernández India Purav Raja
India Divij Sharan
3-6, 6-4, [8-10]
Loss 1-4 Oct 2016 Ningbo, China, P.R. Challenger Hard United States Stefan Kozlov France Jonathan Eysseric
Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky
4-6, 6-7(4-7)
Win 2-4 Dec 2016 Spain F39, Cuevas del Almanzora Futures Hard Republic of Ireland Peter Bothwell Spain Roberto Ortega Olmedo
Spain David Vega Hernández
6-2, 5-7, [10-2]
Win 3-4 May 2018 Savannah, USA Challenger Clay United Kingdom Luke Bambridge Spain Enrique López Pérez
India Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
6-2, 6-2
Loss 3-5 Sep 2018 Zhangjiagang, China, P.R. Challenger Hard Australia Bradley Mousley China Gong Maoxin
China Zhang Ze
w/o
Win 4-5 Nov 2018 Kobe, Japan Challenger Hard (i) Portugal Gonçalo Oliveira China Li Zhe
Japan Go Soeda
2-6, 6-4, [12-10]
Loss 4-6 Apr 2019 Nanchang, China, P.R. Challenger Clay (i) Australia Alex Bolt Netherlands Sander Arends
Austria Tristan-Samuel Weissborn
2-6, 4-6
Win 5-6 Feb 2022 M25, Canberra, Australia World Tennis Tour Hard New Zealand Rubin Statham Australia Calum Puttergill
Japan Naoki Tajima
6-4, 6-3
Win 6-6 Mar 2022 M25, Bendigo, Australia World Tennis Tour Hard Australia Philip Sekulic Australia Dane Sweeny
Australia Li Tu
7-5, 6-7(7-9), [10-7]
Loss 6-7 Mar 2022 M25, Medellín, Colombia World Tennis Tour Clay New Zealand Rubin Statham Zimbabwe Benjamin Lock
Zimbabwe Courtney John Lock
6-4, 4-6, [6-10]
Win 7-7 May 2022 M15, Monastir, Tunisia World Tennis Tour Hard Tunisia Skander Mansouri China Xin Gao
China Zhe Li
6-3, 6-0
Win 8-7 May 2022 M25, Monastir, Tunisia World Tennis Tour Hard Tunisia Aziz Dougaz France Theo Arribage
France Luca Sanchez
7-6(7-1), 7-6(7-3)
Win 9-7 Jun 2022 M25, Martos, Spain World Tennis Tour Hard Australia James Frawley Spain Adria Soriano Barrera
Spain Benjamin Winter Lopez
6-7(7-9), 6-3, [10-6]

References

  1. ^ "Queenslander Akira Santillan opts to take up Japanese nationality". The Australian. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Aussie Men Exit Australian Open Qualifying". Tennis Australia. 12 January 2022. Retrieved 2022.

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