PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

  • Age19
  • Born23 February 2001
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesWilloughby, New South Wales
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachJarrad Bunt
“I’m feeling pretty good now. Last week was better for me, having back-to-back wins for the first time in a while. I will keep building on that.”

— Rinky Hijikata, 26 Mar 2019

» Hijikata opens Mornington campaign

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

Rinky Hijikata: Learning on and off the court
IMPROVING: Rinky Hijikata in action during Australian Open 2020 qualifying. Picture: Getty Images
19 June, 2020

Rinky Hijikata's first year of US college has served up many different lessons.
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Off-court: what are Aussie players reading?
Daria Gavrilova, Storm Sanders and Marc Polmans share isolation updates.
12 June, 2020

Looking for a good book to read or interesting podcast to listen to? Our Aussie players share what's been keeping them entertained.
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Rankings watch: Kyrgios returns to top 20
ON THE RISE: Nick Kyrgios is back in the world's top 20 after his Australian Open run. Picture: Getty Images
4 February, 2020

From impressive rises to career-high rankings, many Australian players made giant strides in the latest rankings.
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Max Purcell qualifies for Australian Open main draw
MAIN DRAW BOUND: Max Purcell has qualified for Australian Open 2020. Picture: Getty Images
17 January, 2020

The 21-year-old from Sydney defeats Slovakian Josef Kovalik in straight sets in the final round of Australian Open 2020 qualifying.
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