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Tennis

Racquet-smashing Aussie in Wimbledon loss

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 on Wednesday.

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.

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 STG 45,000 ($A82,000).

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

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