Akira Santillan after losing in Wimbledon qualifying.
Akira Santillan after losing in Wimbledon qualifying.

Angry Aussie leaves trail of racquet destruction

Young Australian tennis star Akira Santillan has made an explosive exit from Wimbledon qualifying, obliterating five racquets after a heartbreaking defeat in London.

Santillan was inconsolable after blowing two match points in a 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 12-10 second-round qualifying loss to Belgian journeyman Ruben Bemelmans.

Akira Santillan destroyed every one of his racquets after losing.
Akira Santillan destroyed every one of his racquets after losing.

The 22-year-old, who has yet to make a grand slam main draw, was unable to contain his frustrations after the match.

Santillan walked to what he thought was a secluded spot on the Roehampton field, took out all five of his racquets out and destroyed them one by one.

Santillan smashed the racquets in a secluded spot away from the qualifying courts. Picture: Twitter/@Dimonator
Santillan smashed the racquets in a secluded spot away from the qualifying courts. Picture: Twitter/@Dimonator

Unfortunately, the world No.215's violent outburst was captured by a photographer, with Santillan's trail of destruction captured and quickly posted on social media.

 

Had he won, Santillan would have been one victory away from a sought-after spot in the Wimbledon draw - and a guaranteed pay day of at least $82,000.

He's only collected $2600 all year, having missed the first three months of the 2018 season with a lower back injury.

The outburst was filmed by onlookers. Picture: Twitter/@Dimonator
The outburst was filmed by onlookers. Picture: Twitter/@Dimonator