PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

  • Age20
  • 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

 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

Ranking movers: Purcell continues impressive rise
Max Purcell. Picture: Getty Images
20 July, 2021

Several Australian players have set new career-high rankings this week, including Max Purcell making his top-200 singles debut.
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Sweeny, Tomic, Smith march on in AO 2021 qualifying
DETERMINED: Dane Sweeny during Australian Open 2021 qualifying in Doha. Picture: SAMER ALREJJAL, TENNIS AUSTRALIA
12 January, 2021

As we approach the final round of Australian Open 2021 qualifying, there are still several Aussie players in contention to earn a main draw place.
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Aussies ready to continue AO 2021 qualifying quests
ON SERVE: Jason Kubler during his first-round win at Australian Open 2021. PHOTO: SAMER ALREJJAL, TENNIS AUSTRALIA
12 January, 2021

Australian Open 2021 qualifying continues, with nine Aussie players competing in second-round matches today.
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Perez, Hijikata, Kubler a step closer to AO main draw
Ellen Perez in action during her first-round qualifying win of AO 2021 in Dubai over Caroline Dolehide. (photo: Tennis Australia/Jorge Ferrari)
11 January, 2021

Three Aussies - Ellen Perez, Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler - have recorded first-round victories in Australian Open 2021 qualifying.
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