PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

  • Age17
  • Born23 February 2001
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesWilloughby, New South Wales
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachJarrad Bunt
“Going into this week I really wanted to hold a medal at the end and now I’ve got one it feels pretty unreal. Just being able to play for Australia is something I cherish so much.”

— Rinky Hijikata, 15 Oct 2018

» Hijikata wins silver at Youth Olympics

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

Peers, Kontinen into Australian Open doubles quarters
John Peers celebrates his doubles victory with Henri Kontinen at the Australian Open (Getty Images)
20 January, 2019

Aussie John Peers and Finland's Henri Kontinen on Sunday advanced to the men's doubles quarterfinals, while Alexei Popyrin & Blake Ellis won through to the…
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Stosur, Peers, juniors among Aussie winners
Sam Stosur (L) in doubles action with Zhang Shuai at Australian Open 2019 (Getty Images)
20 January, 2019

In addition to the incredible results Australia has enjoyed in singles at Australian Open 2019, there are plenty of other Aussies flourishing in doubles and juniors at Melbourne…
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Kokkinakis wins in AO qualifying opener
Thanasi Kokkinakis in action at Melbourne Park in the opening round of Australian Open 2019 qualifying (Getty Images)
8 January, 2019

Thanasi Kokkinakis moves to within two wins of the Australian Open main draw after seeing off Mohamed Safwat in straight sets on Tuesday.
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Kokkinakis, Rodionova lead Aussie charge in AO qualifying
Thanasi Kokkinakis (L) and Arina Rodionova are the highest-ranked male and female Australians taking part in Australian Open 2019 qualifying (Getty Images)
7 January, 2019

Ten men and 12 women will represent Australia in the Australian Open 2019 qualifying events, which kick off at Melbourne Park on Tuesday 8 January.
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