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

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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

Hijikata wins first pro title, Millman triumphant
Rinky Hijikata celebrates during his five-set win over Andrew Harris in the first round of the AO Play-off (photo: Elizabeth Xue Bai)
9 hours ago

Australian teenager Rinky Hijikata wins his first ITF professional title in Arkansas while John Millman wins the ATP Challenger trophy in Kaohsiung.
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Aussies in action: US Open Day 11
(L-R) Dylan Alcott, Ash Barty, Tristan Schoolkate and Rinky Hijikata (Getty Images)
5 September, 2019

Australian quartet Ash Barty, Dylan Alcott, Tristan Schoolkate and Rinky Hijikata all feature on the Day 11 schedule of play at Flushing Meadows.
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Aussies in action: US Open Day 10
Sam Stosur at the US Open (Getty Images)
4 September, 2019

Sam Stosur will play for a place in the US Open mixed doubles final with Rajeev Ram while our juniors look to continue their progress at Flushing Meadows.
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US Open: Hijikata headlines great day for Aussie juniors
Rinky Hijikata in action during the boys' singles tournament at the US Open (Getty Images)
4 September, 2019

Rinky Hijikata upsets No.3 seed Martin Damm to reach the third round of the boys' singles at Flushing Meadows before teaming with fellow Aussie Tristan Schoolkate to score a…
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