PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

8
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
71
ATP
RANKING
  • Age22
  • Born23 February 2001
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesWilloughby, New South Wales
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachJarrad Bunt
“Personally I think I'm a completely different player to a year ago.”

— Rinky Hijikata, 11 Jan 2021

» Perez, Hijikata, Kubler a step closer to AO main draw

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
  • Named as orange boy for the 2021 Davis Cup Finals
  • Won first ATP Challenger title at Playford in October 2022
  • Won the Australian Open 2023 men’s doubles title with Jason Kubler as wildcards. Hijikata was ranked No.277 at the time and contesting only his third tour-level doubles tournament
  • Made the fourth round in singles at US Open 2023 as a wildcard
  • Broke into the world’s top 100 in singles for the first time in September 2023.

 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

2023 71
2022 166
2021 369
2020 677
2019 746
2018 1745

Titles/Finals

Titles

2019 Fayetteville ITF

Rinky Hijikata in the news

Nine Aussies receive direct acceptance into Australian Open 2024
Alex de Minaur and Ajla Tomljanovic.
7 December, 2023

Fan favourites Alex de Minaur and Ajla Tomljanovic will lead the Aussie charge at Australian Open 2024.
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Rinky Hijikata earns first Newcombe Medal nomination
Rinky-Hijikata-Newks
5 December, 2023

After his stunning rise in season 2023, Rinky Hijikata is a first-time nominee for the coveted Newcome Medal.
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Australian men achieve 25-year first in year-end singles rankings
Alex de Minaur. Picture: Getty Images
4 December, 2023

Alex de Minaur is among eight Australian men to finish the 2023 season inside the top 100 in singles, the most to achieve this feat since 1998.
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De Minaur, Ebden, Hijikata, Hunter, Popyrin, Purcell nominated for 2023 Newcombe Medal
(L-R) Max Purcell, Storm Hunter, Alex de Minaur, Matt Ebden, Rinky Hijikata and Alexei Popyrin have been nominated for the Newcombe Medal in 2023. (Getty Images)
1 December, 2023

Alex de Minaur, Matt Ebden, Rinky Hijikata, Storm Hunter, Alexei Popyrin and Matt Purcell will all vie for the 2023 Newcombe Medal at the 13th edition of the Australian…
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