Read about Aussie youngster Rinky Hijikata as he takes on the world’s best U13’s tennis players at the Longines Future Tennis Access tournament in Paris, France.
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Aussie rising tennis star warms up for Paris showdown
Twelve-year-old Australian tennis ace, Rinky Hijikata, is setting his sights on victory at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament this week in Paris. Selected by Tennis Australia this month, Hijikata, from Epping in New South Wales, is preparing to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime tournament during the French Open.
Since arriving at the weekend, Hijikata has been busy training with coach Ben Pyne to ensure he is ready to take on 15 of the world’s best U13’s.
“I’m truly excited to be playing at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament, against the world’s best boys in my age group. I’m ready for the challenge and am looking forward to the first day of competition,” said Hijikata.
The first day of play takes place today against the magical backdrop of the Hotel de Ville where Rinky will step onto the court to begin his journey.
“Having seen the other boys train this week I know competition will be tough, but that’s what makes this such an exciting opportunity for me. I have been given the chance to play against some of the best juniors in my age group and fully intend on making this a memorable experience.”
Tennis Australia’s Developmental Tennis Manager and 2005 Australian Open mixed doubles champion, Scott Draper said
“To compete in Paris, during an event such as the French Open, will be a great challenge for Rinky. He’s had solid preparation leading into the tournament, having competed in Slovenia over the last couple of weeks and will look to bring some form into his first match on Thursday. We hope he enjoys the contest and soaks up the experience.”
The lucky winner of the tournament will meet Fabrice Santoro for an invitational match during the final on Saturday, and the two finalists will receive full funding from Longines for their sporting equipment until their 16th birthdays.
The Longines Future Tennis Aces event, now in its fourth year, continues Longines’ commitment and support of young athletes in their pursuit of sporting excellence.
About Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament:
- Longines is offering 16 young tennis stars from around the world the opportunity to compete in the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament in Paris.
- The 13/U tournament will be held during the French Open in the centre of Paris, on the forecourt of the Hotel de Ville, from 30 May to 1 June.
- Longines has 180 years of watch making experience and is established in more than 130 countries. Longines possess a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and prestige within the sporting world.
- Longines has been the official timekeeper and partner of the French Open at Roland Garros since 2007. They are committed to the support and promotion of children globally through the Children for Tomorrow Foundation (founded by Longines ambassador Steffi Graf) and fellow Longines ambassador Andre Agassi’s Foundation for Education.
About Rinky Hijikata:
- Rinky is 12 years old and in Grade 7 at The Kings School, NSW.
- He is the highest ranked tennis player in his age group in Australia.
- He is ranked 596 nationally, across junior and pro players.
- A Tennis Australia national selection panel nominated Rinky as the Longines Future Tennis Aces representative for Australia in 2013.