PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

5
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
78
ATP
RANKING
  • Age23
  • 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
  • Named as orange boy for the 2021 Davis Cup Finals
  • Won first ATP Challenger title at Playford in October 2022
  • Won the Australian Open 2023 men’s doubles title with Jason Kubler as wildcards. Hijikata was ranked No.277 at the time and contesting only his third tour-level doubles tournament
  • Made the fourth round in singles at US Open 2023 as a wildcard
  • Broke into the world’s top 100 in singles for the first time in September 2023.

 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

2023 71
2022 166
2021 369
2020 677
2019 746
2018 1745

Titles/Finals

Titles

2019 Fayetteville ITF

Rinky Hijikata in the news

Australian players handed challenging singles draws at Roland Garros 2024
Alex de Minaur, Daria Saville and Jordan Thompson lead the Aussie charge at Roland Garros 2024.
23 May, 2024

Alex de Minaur, Daria Saville and Jordan Thompson lead the Aussie charge at Roland Garros 2024.
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Eleven Australian players receive direct acceptance at Wimbledon 2024
Alex de Minaur and Ajla Tomljanovic will compete at Wimbledon 2024.
22 May, 2024

Alex de Minaur and Ajla Tomljanovic are among 11 Australian players confirmed to compete in the singles events at Wimbledon this year.
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Australian men to set 25-year high at Roland Garros 2024
Alexei Popyrin, Alex de Minaur and Jordan Thompson lead the Australian charge at Roland Garros 2024.
21 May, 2024

For the first time since 1999, there will be at least nine Australians contesting the men's singles main draw at Roland Garros.
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Australian men close to achieving 42-year rankings first
Australian No.1 Alex de Minaur. Picture: Getty Images
20 May, 2024

World No.11 Alex de Minaur leads a strong Australian contingent in the latest ATP Tour singles rankings.
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