PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

  • Age17
  • Born23 February 2001
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesWilloughby, New South Wales
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachBen Pyne
“Going into this week I really wanted to hold a medal at the end and now I’ve got one it feels pretty unreal. Just being able to play for Australia is something I cherish so much.”

— Rinky Hijikata, 15 Oct 2018

» Hijikata wins silver at Youth Olympics

On court

  • favourite surface is Plexicushion
  • local tennis club is Homebush, NSW
  • came third in the 2012 12/u Medibank Cup
  • finalist of the 2012 12/u Medibank Cup doubles with Kody Pearson
  • represented Australia at the Longines Future Aces tournament at Roland Garros in 2013
  • on the Australian Open: “I see it as an opportunity for people to be known and become legends”

 Off court

  • enjoys tennis because “you can travel the world and meet new friends”
  • five words that sum Hijikata up: 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
  • hero is Japan’s Kei Nishikori

Rinky Hijikata in the news

Hijikata wins silver at Youth Olympics
Silver Medalists Adrian Andreev BUL (left) and Rinky Hijikata AUS - playing as a Mixed International Team - pose for a photograph with their medals during the victory ceremony for the Tennis Men's Doubles at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Green Park. The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina Sunday 14th October 2018. Photo: Florian Eisele for OIS/IOC. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC
15 October, 2018

Teaming with Bulgaria's Adrian Andreev, Rinky Hijikata has won a silver medal in doubles for Australia at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Aussies in action: US Open Day 8
John Millman in action at the US Open; Getty Images
3 September, 2018

John Millman will play under the bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium when he faces Roger Federer on Monday night in the fourth round.
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Impressive Wimbledon campaigns end for Alcott, Hijikata
(L-R) David Wagner, Andy Lapthorne, Dylan Alcott and Lucas Sithole took part in a Quad Wheelchair Doubles Exhibition event at Wimbledon; Getty Images
15 July, 2018

Dylan Alcott lost on his historic debut at the All England Club while Rinky HIjikata's run in the boys' doubles event event ended in the semifinals.
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Hijikata into Wimbledon boys’ doubles semifinals
Rinky Hijikata in action at Wimbledon 2018; Getty Images
14 July, 2018

Sydneysider Rinky Hijikata, together with Japan's Naoki Tajima, has progressed to the semifinals of the Wimbledon boys' doubles event.
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