MensTennisForums.com - Reply to Topic
Thread: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan! Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MensTennisForums.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
Yesterday 12:55 PM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Consecutive ITF titles for Santillan as he wins the China F8 Futures at Luan, against a tougher field as well. On the way to the title, defeated similar-aged opponents D.Lee, K.Lee and F.Peliwo in straight sets. Also defeated M.Geerts again with a very similar 3 set scoreline as in last week, with Santillan down a set in both occasions. Another close match in the final against F.Tearney where he won the match breaking in the 3rd set.

Now 31-9 this year in singles on ITF level this year and will play next week in China F9 Futures at Jinan in which he will be 8th seed with a relatively easy projected draw until QFs. He will have a break following his string of ITF tournaments in China.

Will reach a new career high ranking of ~380 and is currently ~220 in the live rankings this year
05-22-2016 12:12 PM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Akira wins doubles title w/ Bourchier and in singles title at China F7 Futures at Wuhan. Defeated Yunseong Chung, another teenager that went out on a tear in the draw 6-1 6-4. Excellent week here, coincidentally his birthday was today on the 22nd May where he turns 19. What a way to celebrate his birthday! Will go on to play two more futures in China.

Current ATP ranking is around ~530 (career high was ~460) but now moves in the ATP race to ~280! Nice to see him moving up steadily. By the stats, his first serve is surprisingly effective for his height.
04-30-2016 06:41 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Quick highlights clip of Santillan in Kofu F3 last year in March
04-30-2016 06:38 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Thought I would update Akira's progress... Has been in Spain since the beginning of the year under the guidance of Richi Sanchez of the Richi Tennis Academy, amassing a singles W/L record of 21-8 this year on a mixture of outdoors hard and clay ITF Pro Circuit tournaments. Won the Spain F7 against (1) Diez on outdoors hard. Notable wins over top 300 Diez, Ramirez-Hidalgo and De Greef. Currently hovering ~500 in rankings, he can go further up if he wins Spain F11 against (1) Escoffier today in the final.

On to great news, Santillan was granted WC into the qualifiers of Madrid Masters 1000, facing his first top 100 opponent (12) Youzhny. Don't think he has played above futures level with the exception of few challenger qualifiers and AO qualifier last year. However, he is scheduled to play in Madrid within 5 or so hours of the start of the final of Spain F11 in Mostoles. Not sure how things will pan out as although the tournaments are close to each other, Akira will need to transition quickly from hardcourt to clay...

Hoping for a win for Akira in the Spain F11 and a respectable showing in the Madrid Qualifiers.

Edit 1: Santillan lost to Escoffier 4-6 7-6(5) 3-6 in 2hrs 40mins, tough loss considering that Akira was the better player during the majority of the match by the stats, but somehow Escoffier always managed to have a lead. An MTO was taken during the middle of the 3rd set where Akira had the momentum, but that swung quickly to Escoffier. Hopefully that was not an MTO for Santillan, now only 2 hours to transition from hardcourt to clay.

Edit 2: Santillan lost to Youzhny 3-6 6-7(7), from the stats Akira didn't play the big points the best that he could. Solid experience for Santillan, hopefully starts transitioning into more challenger qualifiers soon.
08-10-2015 10:54 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Akira has entered several more Thailand futures after Wimbledon Juniors, fairly average results with ranking still floating in the mid 600s. Lost to [1] Ti Chen in the QF in Thailand F6, who he is projected to meet in the Thailand F7 in the second round as well... Also teaming up with Ti Chen in doubles in the F7 and have beat the top seed there in the first round

Edit: Santillan lost 6-4 4-6 5-7, much closer than the match he had with Chen last time. Still in doubles with Chen, optimistic with his chances there.
06-03-2015 07:07 AM
scotthongkong
Re: Akira "Aki" Santillan Cheering Thread

this thread needs to be moved to Japan asap.
06-03-2015 04:56 AM
au_sports_opinion
Re: Akira "Aki" Santillan Cheering Thread

Defection!
05-09-2015 04:22 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

So in the Thailand F3, made the QFs defeating a local Thai in the first round then upsetting 4th seed Mott 7-5 6-3. Had high hopes as the majority of the draw collapsed at this point but Aki lost to another local Thai Burapharitta 4-6 2-6. A tough but a breakthrough 3 to 4 weeks for Aki which has seen him fly from 1000+ to ~650 in the rankings!

Edit: Apparently he succumbed to cramps!
05-02-2015 03:04 PM
Chilenaitor
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Congrats for the week!
05-02-2015 05:25 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Akira defeated in the final 4-6 7-6(7) 1-6 by Dome to snap his run. Just didn't win the bigger points, with BP conversion being 1/4 compared to Dome's 4/6. Good run for Dome who qualified; both will go into next weeks Thailand F3 (Aki should get an SE into main draw again) but not sure if Aki will have enough fuel after a sublime two weeks. Runner-up here will lift him to ~665 in the live rankings
05-01-2015 06:18 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reconditus View Post
Gets a SE into the main draw of Thailand F2 due to last weeks heroics, would've had to qualify again otherwise. Routs 5th-seeded Hiroki Kondo 6-1 6-2 and faces a straightforward match against a local wildcard. Will highly likely then face top seed Yong-Kyu Lim for the 3rd time this past month or so (H2H 1-1). Bottom draw has slightly collapsed with 2nd seed withdrawing and 3rd seed upset in the 1st round.
He beat the Thai WC convincingly 6-2 6-1, upsetted top seeded Lim 7-6(4) 6-3 again to lead their H2H 2-1, and then proceeded to beat 4th seeded ex-countryman O'Connell 6-3 3-6 6-2 in the SFs to make his second ITF Futures level final consecutively with last weeks win at Thailand F1. This is the first set lost in his 11-match winning streak and will face qualifier Andre Dome of the US in the final

There seems to be a huge wave of youngsters doing well at the moment in the 1997 to 1998 generation, hope Aki can get even more motivated from this.
04-28-2015 11:28 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Gets a SE into the main draw of Thailand F2 due to last weeks heroics, would've had to qualify again otherwise. Routs 5th-seeded Hiroki Kondo 6-1 6-2 and faces a straightforward match against a local wildcard. Will highly likely then face top seed Yong-Kyu Lim for the 3rd time this past month or so (H2H 1-1). Bottom draw has slightly collapsed with 2nd seed withdrawing and 3rd seed upset in the 1st round.
04-25-2015 05:43 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reconditus View Post
Japan F3 Futures QF: Santillan df. Nakagawa 6-2 0-6 6-2, another up-and-coming Japanese youngster to make his first futures SF.

Will face unseeded Yong-Kyu Lim of South Korea who upset 2nd seed as well as defeating his countryman and another youngster in Seong Chan Hong.
Ended up losing the SF in a one-sided affair... But 1 month later, faced off again in the Thailand F1 SFs after qualifying into the draw and beat Lim convincingly 6-3 6-3! And today just beat 5th seeded Kento Takeuchi in the Finals 6-3 6-2 for his first futures title. Ranking will go up to 750ish I think and will be playing the Thailand F2 next week

03-27-2015 06:28 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Japan F3 Futures QF: Santillan df. Nakagawa 6-2 0-6 6-2, another up-and-coming Japanese youngster to make his first futures SF.

Will face unseeded Yong-Kyu Lim of South Korea who upset 2nd seed as well as defeating his countryman and another youngster in Seong Chan Hong.
03-09-2015 05:08 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Very unfortunate news for the Aussies here... TA has lost a valuable asset no doubt here
On the bright side, I hope he makes the most of his opportunity with the JTA and ride the momentum with Nishikori and upcomers Nishioka and Nakagawa
This thread has more than 15 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome