Akira "Aki" Santillan Cheering Thread
A talented young tennis player from the Gold Coast. Was born in Japan but has been representing Australia for years. At 15 years of age he won his first junior ITF title this month as well as qualifying for his first futures main draw this week at Traralgon.
I know he had an attitude on court back in the day but it seems he may have gotten more serious about his tennis. His nickname is Aki (pronounced are-key). His father also gives off a John Tomic vibe but is just doing what he can do get Aki to the pros. He trained at Bollettieri's Academy at a very young age (7 I think) and all around has had a breakout year in 2012.
Currently ranked 343 in the juniors and is likely to at least get a qualifying wildcard into the AO juniors next year. I can say from watching/coaching him personally he is a very talented kid but used to be unfocused and lazy. I hope he has changed because the talent is definitely there. Videos of him are all over YouTube and he has been ranked number 1 in his age group in Australia for quite a while now.
Really hard to tell how far he will actually go but given his break out this month I feel a thread is warranted.