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.

Madi Robinson has not played for the Diamonds since 2014.

Robinson all dressed up, with somewhere to go

When the mother of self-confessed neat freak Madi Robinson dropped in for a recent visit, Chris Browne was surprised to see an untidy riot of gold and green. A new Australian Diamonds uniform had just been tried on and paraded, ecstatically, two years after the last had been worn.

Comeback trail: Tennis player Ashleigh Barty is going to Florida to contest a wildcard play-off for the US Open.

US Open return in Barty's sights

Ash Barty will escape the chill of Melbourne's winter and a demanding training block on Monday, bound for Florida, and the wildcard play-off that will determine whether her grand slam singles career resumes at the US Open after a two-year pause.

Generic netball.

Netball talks ongoing, player signings stay on hold

Netball's key stakeholders will return to the negotiating table on Thursday, but the delay in finalising the terms of the collective bargaining agreement is unlikely to allow players to be contracted for next year's relaunched domestic league for at least another week.

Nick Kyrgios is expected to play in the Davis Cup play-off tie against Slovakia.

Kyrgios tipped for Davis Cup spot against Slovakia

Nick Kyrgios' next Australian appearance is expected to be on a purpose-built grass court in Sydney, with Ken Rosewall Arena announced as the venue for the Davis Cup world group play-off against Slovakia in September.