PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

  • Age16
  • Born23 February 2001
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesWilloughby, New South Wales
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachBen Pyne

On court

  • favourite surface is Plexicushion
  • local tennis club is Homebush, NSW
  • came third in the 2012 12/u Medibank Cup
  • finalist of the 2012 12/u Medibank Cup doubles with Kody Pearson
  • represented Australia at the Longines Future Aces tournament at Roland Garros in 2013
  • on the Australian Open: “I see it as an opportunity for people to be known and become legends”

 Off court

  • enjoys tennis because “you can travel the world and meet new friends”
  • five words that sum Hijikata up: 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
  • hero is Japan’s Kei Nishikori

Rinky Hijikata in the news

Crnokrak begins strongly in 16/u champs
Alexander Crnokrak in action at the December Showdown; photo credit Elizabeth Xue Bai
14 December, 2016

Top seed Alexander Crnokrak opened his 16/u Australian Championships with a straight-sets win at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.
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Semis set in 14/u Australian champs
Rinky Hijikata in action
8 December, 2015

The 14/u Australian Championships is heading to a thrilling conclusion while an impressive quartet of Aussie girls firmed as the favourites for the 18/u title.
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Destanee dominates in 18/u champs
Destanee Aiava; Getty Images
7 December, 2015

It was a solid start for Destanee Aiava and several other seeds in the 18/u Australian Championships, while the quarterfinals were determined in the 14s event.
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Aussie boys qualify for World Junior Tennis finals
The Australian World Junior Tennis boys' team of (L-R) captain David Moore, Rinky Hijikata, Dane Sweeny and Tristan Schoolkate after winning the Asia/Oceania final qualifying event in Bangkok, Thailand; Tennis Australia
27 April, 2015

The Australian boys’ team has qualified for the finals of the ITF World Junior Tennis competition after competing at the Asia/Oceania qualifying event in Bangkok, Thailand last…
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