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Akira Santillan (アキラ サンティラン, Santiran Akira, born 22 May 1997) is a Japanese born, Australian tennis player.

Akira Santillan
アキラ サンティラン
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 22)
Tokyo, Japan
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2013
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachJuan Pedro Bosh Salord
Prize money$257,144
Singles
Career record2–7 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
1 Challenger, 6 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 144 (13 November 2017)
Current rankingNo. 242 (19 August 2019)
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
0 Challenger, 1 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 265 (17 July 2017)
Current rankingNo. 348 (27 August 2018)
Last updated on: 27 August 2018.

Early lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

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 finalsEdit

DoublesEdit

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

Professional careerEdit

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

Legend
ATP Challengers (1–0)
ITF Futures (6–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Queenslander Akira Santillan opts to take up Japanese nationality". The Australian. Retrieved 18 July 2016.

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