Akira Santillan (アキラ サンティラン Santiran Akira, born 22 May 1997) is a Japanese born, Australian tennis player.
Santillan at the 2017 US Open
|Country (sports)|| Australia (2010–2015, 2017–current) |
|Born||22 May 1997|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Coach||Juan Pedro Bosh Salord|
|Career record||2–7 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
1 Challenger, 6 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 144 (13 November 2017)|
|Current ranking||No. 242 (19 August 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q2 (2017)|
|French Open||Q2 (2018)|
|US Open||Q3 (2017)|
|Career record||0–2 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
0 Challenger, 1 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 265 (17 July 2017)|
|Current ranking||No. 348 (27 August 2018)|
|Last updated on: 27 August 2018.|
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.
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.
Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit
|Loss||2014||French Open||Clay||Lucas Miedler|| Benjamin Bonzi
|Loss||2015||Wimbledon||Grass||Reilly Opelka|| Lý Hoàng Nam
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.
ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 9 (7 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
|ATP Challengers (1–0)|
|ITF Futures (6–2)|
|Winner||1.||25 April 2015||Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||Kento Takeuchi||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||2 May 2015||Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||Andre Dome||4–6, 7–6(9–7), 1–6|
|Winner||3.||3 April 2016||Madrid, Spain||Hard||Steven Diez||6–4, 7–6(8–6)|
|Runner-up||4.||30 April 2016||Mostoles, Spain||Hard||Antoine Escoffier||4–6, 7–6(7–5), 3–6|
|Winner||5.||22 May 2016||Wuhan, China||Hard||Yunseong Chung||6–1, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||29 May 2016||Luan, China||Hard||Finn Tearney||6–3, 1–6, 6–4|
|Winner||7.||26 June 2016||Palma del Rio, Spain||Hard||Remi Boutillier||7–5, 6–3|
|Winner||8.||4 December 2016||Almeria, Spain||Hard||Roberto Ortega-Olmedo||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||9.||15 July 2017||Winnetka, Illinois, United States||Hard||Ramkumar Ramanathan||7–6(7–1), 6–2|
- "Queenslander Akira Santillan opts to take up Japanese nationality". The Australian. Retrieved 18 July 2016.