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

Aussie team prepares for Junior Davis Cup finals
Ken Cavrak of Australia competes in first round match against Corentin Moutet of France during the Australian Open 2017 Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
13 September, 2017

The Australian Junior Davis Cup team is preparing for the Finals in Budapest.
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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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