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.

Paris attacks: French tennis players Nicolas Mahut, Pierre-Hugues Herbert to recognise victims

Linda Pearce Security will be increased at the ATP World Tour Finals, where French doubles pair Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert will use their opening round-robin match to pay tribute to the victims of...

ATP World Tour Finals: Roger Federer tells how Lleyton Hewitt changed tennis

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce By the time Lleyton Hewitt was great, Roger Federer was still working out how to be. By the time Hewitt retires, in January, Federer will have long been convinced of the impact he believes his...

ATP World Tour Finals: already unassailable at No.1, Novak Djokovic poised for a fourth season-ending title

Novak Djokovic in action against Tomas Berdych in Paris.

Linda Pearce For a player who has been so dominant in 2015 that he has earned almost double the rankings points of next-best Andy Murray, there seems to have been an oddly muted response to Novak Djokovic's...

Roger Federer wants mandatory drug testing, after IAAF suspension of Russian athletics

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after losing the point against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain during their second round match.

Linda Pearce The Russian doping ban - which could include the 2016 Rio Olympics - has been met with swift reaction worldwide.

Bernard Tomic opens up on jail, tennis, Nick Kyrgios, and life in the top 20

Bernard Tomic has just had his best season, ranked world No.18.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic's cellmate in Miami after his sensational July arrest was a petty thief who had pinched a TV.

John Newcombe Medal: Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic ineligible

Bernard Tomic (left) and NIck Kyrgios  are both ineligible for this year's John Newcombe medal.

Linda Pearce Neither Bernard Tomic nor Nick Kyrgios are contenders for this year's Newcombe Medal.

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic overlooked as Newcombe Medal finalists

Bernard Tomic, left, and NIck Kyrgios have had wayward years.

Linda Pearce Australia's two top-ranked men, trouble-prone pair Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios, have both been excluded from the six-player list of finalists for the Newcombe Medal, Tennis Australia's annual...

Davis Cup: New captain Lleyton Hewitt gives qualified support to Nick Kyrgios

Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce New Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt believes Nick Kyrgios could be one of the best things to happen to tennis.

It's official – Lleyton Hewitt is our next Davis Cup captain

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt has been officially confirmed as Australia's seventh Davis Cup captain.

Netball: Australian Diamonds upset by New Zealand Silver Ferns in game three of Constellation Cup

Linda Pearce Australia with Caitlin Bassett led New Zealand 28-21 half-way through Sunday's third Constellation Cup game; Australia without the injured Bassett lost the last two quarters by 10 goals, and the...

New Zealand Silver Ferns prepare for likely changing of the guard after Constellation Cup series

Casey Kopua

Linda Pearce Australia's key netball retirements came after the World Cup finals win in August. New Zealand's are expected to follow Friday's final match in the Constellation Cup series, and include captain Casey...

Australian Diamonds upset by New Zealand Silver Ferns in Constellation Cup

New Zealand's Kayla Cullen and Gretel Tippett compete for the ball.

Linda Pearce Australia have suffered a surprise 50-47 loss to New Zealand in game three of the Constellation Cup series.

Inside the mind of tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios

Illustration: John Shakespeare.

Linda Pearce When sports psychologists observe Nick Kyrgios, what do they see?

Netballer Kim Ravaillion still raring to go

Commando in command: Kim Ravaillion in action against the Silver Ferns.

Linda Pearce If Kim Ravaillion is not the world's fittest netballer, then appearances are deceptive indeed. But the personal trainer and Diamonds' centre is content if her opponents think she is indefatiguable;...

Gretel Tippett in line for Diamonds debut against New Zealand

Gretel Tippett is set to become Australia's 165th international netball representative.

Linda Pearce Gretel Tippett is set to become Australia's 165th international netball representative just four years after first playing the game.

Bernard Tomic believes he is already playing top 10 tennis after a fine week in Shanghai

Tomic defeated Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco, world No.7 David Ferrer and No.11 Richard Gasquet at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Linda Pearce New world No.18 Bernard Tomic believes he is already playing top-eight-standard tennis as he enters the three-event home stretch of his most consistent season, starting with a first-round bye as the...

Asian tennis: past, present, future

Kei Nishikori hits a return against Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

Linda Pearce Kei Nishikori stands alone as an Asian presence near the pointy end of the ATP rankings.

Shanghai Masters: Novak Djokovic sees improvement in Bernard Tomic, but says more needs to come

Adviser: Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic and Bernard Tomic share Balkans heritage, friendship, and often a practice court, and the world No.

Shanghai Masters: Novak Djokovic shows Bernard Tomic the door

Through to the semi-finals: Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic has ended Bernard Tomic's impressive run at the Shanghai Masters with a hard-fought quarter-final win.

Bernard Tomic shuns big IPTL payday to prepare for successful Australian Open start in 2016

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Linda Pearce By skipping the lucrative IPTL season to concentrate on a rigorous pre-season, the new Bernard Tomic says he will forgo a pay cheque of close to $200,000 for about three weeks work.