Aussie Fails To Qualify For Wimbledon, Smashes Five Racquets In 'Private'
Australian tennis player Akira Santillan has had an epic breakdown after failing to qualify for Wimbledon.
Santillan, 22, was just one match away from playing on the hallowed turf of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club next month.
But Santillan, ranked 215 in the world, lost in his Wimbledon second-round qualifying match to Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans on Wednesday.
And he lost in style, giving up two match points to his Belgian opponent and losing the final set 12-10.
The disappointment (and AU$82,000 had he qualified) was too much for Santillan, who took it out on his poor racquets.
After the match, Santillan went to the back of the Roehampton field and smashed each racquet, thinking he was away from prying eyes.
Unfortunately for him, photographer Ricky Dimon captured the epic breakdown, and the "trail of destruction" left behind.
"Akira Santillan walked to a secluded spot on the Roehampton field, took out all five of his rackets one by one, and destroyed all of them," Dimon said.
Santillan has never made the main draw of a Grand Slam before, plays his tennis on the Challenger Tour -- the second tier of men's competition -- and has only won $2,600 in prize money this year.
In better Wimbledon news, Ash Barty goes into the Slam as the ladies' first seed, while Alex de Minaur is the only Australian seeded in the gentlemen's draw at 25.