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



2019 Fayetteville ITF

Rinky Hijikata in the news

Biggest movers: Cabrera, Myers make gains
Lizette Cabrera
1 October, 2019

Darwin Pro Tour finalists Lizette Cabrera and Abbie Myers make big gains in this week's WTA rankings while Thanasi Kokkinakis was rewarded for his trip to the final at the…
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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)
23 September, 2019

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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