Rinky Hijikata
Rinky Hijikata
Rinky Hijikata
Rinky Hijikata
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  • Career
    • Nickname is Rinks.
    • Parents, Junko and Makoto.
    • Siblings, Shori and Kamiyu, were both competitive swimmers.
    • Started playing tennis in his backyard at age 3 or 4.
    • Credits coaching help during his development fromBen Pyne, Jarrad Bunt and David Moore.
    • Joined his high school varsity tennis team as an 11-year-old (The King's School).
    • Played college tennis atUniversity of North Carolina from 2020-21, earning All-American honours as a sophomore.
    • Also competed in football for 3 years, rugby for 5 years and swimming for 8 years as a child. Trained in surf lifesaving for 2 years.
    • Favourite shot is forehand, surface is hard and tournament is Australian Open.
    • Tennis idols are Lleyton Hewitt and Kei Nishikori.
    • Favourite cities on tour are Melbourne and Sydney.
    • Also enjoys rugby, basketball and golf.
    • Fan of Parramatta Eels (Australian professional rugby league).
    • Favourite athlete is rugby union legend Dan Carter.
    • Enjoys eating Japanese food and ice cream.
    • Favourite superhero is Spider-Man, movie is Inception, TV show is Suits,actress is Margot Robbie and musician is Khalid.
    • Lists sleeping on planes as his secret talent.
    • Favourite school subject was business. Plans to finish his undergraduate degree.
    • Says ambition is his best quality and impatience is his worst quality.

    (UPDATED 23 MAY 2024)

    • Former World No. 9 junior achieved career-high No. 70 in October 2023 soon after reaching US Open 4R.
    • Broke into Top 100 after advancing to 1st ATP Tour SF at 2023 's-Hertogenbosch as LL.
    • Defeated [1] Koolhof/Skupski en route to 2023 Australian Open doubles title in team debut w/Kubler, joining Kokkinakis/Kyrgios as 2nd straight All-Aussie WCs to win their home Grand Slam championship.
    • Also at 2023 Australian Open, rallied from 2 sets down vs. Hanfmann for 1st Grand Slam main draw singles win of career.
    • Won 2 Challenger singles titles on home soil: Playford in October 2022 and Burnie immediately after 2023 Australian Open.
    • Played college tennis at University of North Carolina from 2020-21, earning All-American honours as a sophomore before turning pro.


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