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.
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.
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.
Absolutely gutted Akira Santillan...World No. 205 loses in 2nd Round of Wimbledon qualifying 12-10 in 3rd set...Has massive meltdown destroying all of his racquets...Walked off court saying he should retire...Feel for the guy #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/3YY6kS9f31— John Horn (@SportsHorn) June 26, 2019
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.