PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

  • Age18
  • Born23 February 2001
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesWilloughby, New South Wales
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachJarrad Bunt
“I’m feeling pretty good now. Last week was better for me, having back-to-back wins for the first time in a while. I will keep building on that.”

— Rinky Hijikata, 26 Mar 2019

» Hijikata opens Mornington campaign

On court

  • Selected to represent Australia at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament in Paris, 2013
  • Represented Australia at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, where he won a silver medal in doubles with Adrian Andreev
  • Competed at all four junior Grand Slam events in 2018, making the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and the doubles semifinals at Wimbledon
  • Cracked the ITF world junior top 15 in November 2018
  • Named Junior Male Athlete of the Year at the 2018 Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards
  • Favourite surface is Plexicushion
  • Trains at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Homebush, NSW
  • Hero is Japan’s Kei Nishikori
  • Goal is to hopefully win a Grand Slam title and represent Australia in Davis Cup

 Off court

  • Enjoys tennis because “you can travel the world and meet new friends”
  • Five words that sum up Hijikata: cheeky, smart, funny, tough and focused
  • Favourite city is New York because “there are heaps of fun things to do and fun places to visit”
  • Favourite food is fish and Japanese
  • If not a tennis player he would be a baseball player or a doctor

Year-end ranking history

2018 1745

Titles/Finals

Titles

2019 Fayetteville ITF

Rinky Hijikata in the news

Max Purcell qualifies for Australian Open main draw
MAIN DRAW BOUND: Max Purcell has qualified for Australian Open 2020. Picture: Getty Images
17 January, 2020

The 21-year-old from Sydney defeats Slovakian Josef Kovalik in straight sets in the final round of Australian Open 2020 qualifying.
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Purcell storms into final round of Australian Open qualifying
MOVING ON: Max Purcell is into the final round of Australian Open 2020 qualifying. Picture: Getty Images
16 January, 2020

Max Purcell completes courageous comeback to advance to the final round of Australian Open 2020 qualifying.
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Bolt, Harris set for Australian Open main draw
South Australia's Alex Bolt will bolster the local contingent at Australian Open 2020; Getty Images
13 January, 2020

With the Australian Open qualifying events about to begin, Australian wildcard recipients Alex Bolt and Andrew Harris are preparing to contest the main draw.
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Chris O’Connell: from washing boats to Aus Open main draw
Chris O'Connell is set for a second Australian Open main draw appearance; Getty Images
9 January, 2020

Rising from outside the top 1000 to world No.119 in 2019, wildcard recipient Chris O'Connell is now preparing for a second Australian Open main draw appearance.
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