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

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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

Social round-up: Painting the town Dylan
Dylan Alcott in front of his Melbourne mural. Picture: Instagram
21 October, 2021

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Ranking movers: Sharma, Peers lead rising Aussies
Astra Sharma and John Peers are among the biggest ranking movers this week. Pictures: Getty Images
18 October, 2021

Astra Sharma returns to the world's top 100 in women's singles rankings this week, while John Peers re-enters the top 20 in men's doubles.
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Social round-up: Celebrating good news in Australian tennis
Ajla Tomljanovic enjoyed a career-best run at Indian Wells. Picture: Getty Images
14 October, 2021

What have Australia's top-ranked players been up to? We've collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date ...
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Ranking movers: Aussies continue to climb
Astra Sharma, James Duckworth and Maddison Inglis are all climbing the rankings.
20 September, 2021

There is good news for several Australian players in the latest world rankings, including Astra Sharma, James Duckworth and Maddison Inglis.
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