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.

Johanna Konta

Konta not quite a tennis Giant yet, but sister a 'Mummy' to be

As the new sister-in-law of GWS Giants ruckman Shane Mumford, Australian-born British tennis player Johanna Konta has a growing interest in a still-foreign game. That preliminary final loss to the Western Bulldogs? "Quite heartbreaking," says the world No.10, whose sister Eva is pregnant with the Mumfords' first (Australian) child.

Kyrgios and Andy Murray after the Scot's win at Wimbledon this year.

This time, Kyrgios must be willing to confront his demons

While Andy Murray is not convinced that fines will help or change Nick Kyrgios, the world No.2 is yet to comment on the suspension also handed to the tormented young Australian. Yet just as Murray's call in Shanghai for more open discussions around the mental health issues among the game's young players were considered and insightful, the unusual treatment element of the ATP's stick-and-carrot sanction is making its own statement.