PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

  • Age19
  • 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

UTR Pro Tennis Series returns to Brisbane and Sydney
Destanee Aiava will compete in the UTR Pro Tennis Series again this month. Picture: Tennis Australia
20 October, 2020

The UTR Pro Tennis Series resumes in Australia this month, providing more opportunities for our professional athletes to compete.
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Getting to know: Rinky Hijikata
ONE TO WATCH: Rinky Hijikata celebrates a career-best win in Australian Open 2020 qualifying. Picture: Getty Images
25 August, 2020

Find out more about Rinky Hijikata, one of Australia's most promising teenage players.
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New champions crowned in UTR Pro Tennis Series
Alexandra Bozovic and Rinky Hijikata. Pictures: Getty Images
18 August, 2020

Alexandra Bozovic and Rinky Hijikata win their first UTR Pro Tennis Series titles in Sydney.
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Rinky Hijikata: Learning on and off the court
IMPROVING: Rinky Hijikata in action during Australian Open 2020 qualifying. Picture: Getty Images
19 June, 2020

Rinky Hijikata's first year of US college has served up many different lessons.
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