PLAYER PROFILE

Rinky Hijikata

  • Age17
  • Born23 February 2001
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesWilloughby, New South Wales
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachBen Pyne
““Now I’ve got the belief that I belong among the best juniors in the world. The level is there and I can match it with these guys; it’s just about doing it week in week out.””

— Rinky Hijikata, 25 Jan 2018

» Hijikata’s magical run ends

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

Hijikata makes his mark
RinkyMornington
27 March, 2018

Sydney teenager Rinky Hijikata continues to rise in 2018 after a maiden ITF Futures match win in Mornington.
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Hijikata’s magical run ends
Rinky Hijikata's amazing run at Melbourne Park is over (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
25 January, 2018

A full wrap of Rinky Hijikata's boys' singles quarterfinal at the Australian Open.
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Hijikata continues dream run in Melbourne
Rinky Hijikata is through to the quarterfinals of the boys' singles in Melbourne (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
24 January, 2018

A full Aussie wrap of the juniors action at the Australian Open
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Hijikata leads junior charge at Australian Open
Rinky Hijikata is through to the final 16 at the Australian Open (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
22 January, 2018

A full Aussie wrap of the juniors action at the Australian Open.
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