Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce is the Chief Tennis Writer and general sports reporter for The Age. She writes about a range of sports, including football, netball, and gymnastics. Linda has twice been named Australian tennis writer of the year.

Off the couch and down to business

Linda Pearce Barely 12 months ago, Omar Jasika was not the poster boy for the junior game in Australia. He was showing signs of becoming something of a problem child.

International retirement sits easily with Bianca Chatfield

On guard: Bianca Chatfield gives Wales a hard time at the Commonwealth Games.

Linda Pearce In three weeks, when Australia's triumphant Commonwealth Games netball team plays its next Test, the only player missing from its Glasgow squad will be the just-retired vice-captain Bianca Chatfield.

tennis

Testing times for injury-prone Nick Kyrgios require attitude shift, says Pat Rafter

Nick Kyrgios has been selected as Australia’s second player for the tie against Uzbekistan.

Linda Pearce Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has warned that potentially challenging times lie ahead for Australian wonderboy Nick Kyrgios.

Pssst: Inside the Davis Cup locker-room

Tennis mum: Kathryn Oyeniyi with her Davis Cup family.

Linda Pearce As the mother of one 10-year-old daughter, Kathryn Oyeniyi jokes that she also has about 16 sons. That would be the Davis Cup team, and support staff, and that would include Lleyton, Bernie, Nick,...

tennis

Lleyton Hewitt will play in the Australian Open despite US Open defeat

Returning: Lleyton Hewitt will play at the Australian Open next year.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's latest US Open may be over, but his grand slam career is not, with the dual major champion intending to make at least one more competitive visit to Melbourne Park next January, and...

How Vermont reserves got Sam Groth's tennis career back on track

Sam Groth playing for Vermont reserves in 2011.

Linda Pearce Sam Groth remains in contact with a number of his Vermont football pals, who this weekend will contest Eastern Football League finals for beer money while Groth plays for much higher stakes at the US...

Pssst: The day 'Pup' bottled it

Michael Clarke

Linda Pearce Back in 2003, Michael Clarke was a young, uncapped batsman on his first tour of the West Indies.

Tennis

Nick Kyrgios ready to make a brand new start of it in New York

Master blaster: Nick Kyrgios playing in a Canadian Open match against Andy Murray.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios loves New York. The city that never sleeps is the ideal fit for the teenaged showman whose remarkable senior tennis awakening came recently on the sedate lawns of the All England Club.

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'Dasha' Gavrilova joins the growing tennis import club

Although Daria Gavrilova's residency status is unclear, her potential has been apparent for some time.

Linda Pearce To the growing cast of eastern European tennis players competing under the Australian banner, add another foreign name: Daria Gavrilova.

Netball world cup the next step in march towards mainstream

Australian players celebrate after winning the netball title at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Linda Pearce "It puts us up in mainstream sport,'' Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander declared at the end of a Commonwealth Games competition that was a triumph for not just the all-conquering Diamonds but,...

Tennis

Thanasi Kokkinakis keen to match mate Nick Kyrgios' feats on court

Rising star: Australian young gun Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Linda Pearce Thanasi Kokkinakis admits he was envious of what his great mate Nick Kyrgios achieved at Wimbledon last month.

Tennis

Why Ajla Tomljanovic switched from Croatia to Australia

Serious talent: Ajla Tomljanovic's switch was initially hatched as a bit of joke.

Linda Pearce Ajla Tomljanovic kept her secret for many months. The fact that she had applied for Australian residency in January.

Tennis

Nick Kyrgios story: From Wimbledon to Bundoora

Laid-back: Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne on Friday.

Linda Pearce It was almost 7pm last Wednesday night in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and Nick Kyrgios was restless.

Tennis

Rising star Ajla Tomljanovic to boost Australian tennis stocks

Victory: Ajla Tomljanovic.

Linda Pearce As Australian men's tennis celebrates its greatest top-100 singles representation in more than 13 years, a major potential boost to the women's game has arrived with the surprise defection of rising...

Tennis

Tomics: we weren't dumped by IMG and are not threatened by Nick Kyrgios

John Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic’s father and coach, John, has vigorously challenged reports that his son was dumped by his long-time management company, IMG, claiming the Tomics instigated the recent contractual...

Netball

Melbourne Vixens to retain premiership starting seven

Winning formula: The Melbourne Vixens celebrate with their championship trophy.

Linda Pearce Melbourne Vixens are poised to sign the last out-of-contract member of their premiership team when a deal with Kate Moloney is inked in the coming days, with young shooter Alice Teague-Neeld expected...

netball

Sharelle McMahon takes a trip down Commonwealth Games memory lane

Linda Pearce Sharelle McMahon travelled to Canberra recently to present Commonwealth Games netball debutante Tegan Caldwell with her Australian dress.

England netballers pose a Commonwealth Games threat

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander.

Linda Pearce Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander accepts that her shooting circle will be targeted as Australia's arc of greatest vulnerability when it seeks a first Commonwealth Games gold medal since 2002, in a...

Tennis

Novak Djokovic's finest win in his greatest final, against Roger Federer at Wimbledon in five sets

Djokovic kisses the trophy.

Linda Pearce Never has Novak Djokovic played in a higher-quality grand slam decider, he believes, and never has he been more proud of a victory, given the number of opponents he felt the need to beat.

Tennis

Samantha Stosur wins Wimbledon mixed doubles title

Sam Stosur came away from Wimbldeon with some silverware.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur may have lost a coach during the grasscourt season but she has won a second Wimbledon trophy, sharing the mixed doubles title with Serb Nenad Zimonjic.