PLAYER PROFILE

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

» Hijikata opens Mornington campaign

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

Rinky Hijikata in the news

Challenger finals for Smith, Purcell
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6 May, 2019

John-Patrick Smith and Max Purcell enjoyed successful weeks on the ATP Challenger circuit, advancing to finals in Mexico and South Korea respectively.
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Mornington double for Bourchier
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31 March, 2019

Harry Bourchier has made it consecutive Australian Pro Tour titles, claiming his second Mornington title in as many weeks.
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Grills passes Mornington test
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28 March, 2019

Victorian Jacob Grills continues successful return to the Australian Pro Tour in Mornington.
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Hijikata opens Mornington campaign
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26 March, 2019

Rinky Hijikata escapes a first-set battle to reach the second round at Mornington #2.
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