PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

  • Age18
  • Born23 February 2001
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesWilloughby, New South Wales
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachJarrad Bunt
“I’ve had a bit more exposure at this kind of level now which has helped me quite a lot.”

— Rinky Hijikata, 6 Mar 2019

» Hijikata moves on in Mildura

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

Hijikata moves on in Mildura
HijikataMildura19
6 March, 2019

New South Wales wildcard Rinky Hijikata opens his campaign with a win on the grass at the Mildura Grand Tennis International.
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Bourchier opens Albury account
BourchierAlbury
27 February, 2019

Harry Bourchier continues his good form of late with a first-round win over teenage wildcard Rinky Hijikata at the Albury City Tennis International.
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Hijikata laments Australian Open loss
Rinky Hijikata in action at Australian Open 2019 (Getty Images)
22 January, 2019

There are no Australian juniors left in the singles events at Australian Open 2019 after Rinky Hijikata, Ken Cavrak and Olivia Gadecki exited in the second round.
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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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