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.

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

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.

Shanghai Masters: Bernard Tomic upsets Richard Gasquet, to meet Novak Djokovic in quarter-final

Bernard Tomic will be seeded for the first time at the Australian Open after beating Richard Gasquet.

Linda Pearce The Queenslander will now be seeded for the first time at the Australian Open.

Shanghai Masters: Nick Kyrgios escapes fine for second code violation warning in China

Nick Kyrgios couldn't help himself on Twitter.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios has escaped a fine for his second code violation warning in Shanghai, leaving any potential ban from ATP tournaments on hold for now.

Nick Kyrgios happy to continue his turbulent year, and for Lleyton Hewitt to take over Davis Cup

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19:  Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios run on court to congratulate teammate Lleyton Hewitt of Australia as he celebrates winning the reverse singles match between Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan during day three of the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie between Australia and Kazakhstan at Marrara Sporting Complex on July 19, 2015 in Darwin, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios is not quite ready for his tumultuous season to finish.

Novak Djokovic tells Nick Kyrgios 'to seek wisdom'

Novak Djokovic on Nick Kyrgios:

Linda Pearce The world No.1 says the Australian, who has received code violation warnings in three consecutive matches, needs to be patient and listen to the wisdom of past Australian greats.

Shanghai Masters: Nick Kyrgios faces ban, Bernard Tomic upsets David Ferrer

Kyrgios says he's not concerned at all about the fines he's facing.

Linda Pearce Australia's Bernard Tomic upset seventh seed David Ferrer to power into the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday, but fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios made an explosive exit.

Shanghai Masters: Nick Kyrgios fined $1500 for verbal outburst

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Australian wild thing Nick Kyrgios edged a step closer to a possible ATP ban when he was fined for a verbal outburst in his first round match at the Shanghai Masters.

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic casually upstage China Open doubles champs

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce The strife-prone Aussie pals played up to the crowd in quite the audition for a vacant Davis Cup doubles spot.

Roger Federer knocked out in second round of Shanghai Open

Shock defeat: Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer's Shanghai title defence has been sensationally derailed in the first round by Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Australian Open is already spruiking highlights

Thanasi Kokkinakis

Larissa Nicholson and Linda Pearce Up-and-comer Thanasi Kokkinakis says Nick Krygios yelling and smashing racquets is good for tennis.

Nick Kyrgios' biggest win hurt him, says Rod Laver

Rafael Nadal and tennis legend Rod Laver attend the Australian Open 2016 launch in Shanghai on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce Shanghai. Australian tennis legend Rod Laver believes the biggest win of Nick Kyrgios' career encouraged a low-percentage style of play that is now damaging his ability to win major titles, and...

Nick Kyrgios cops code violation warning at Shanghai Masters

Torrid tournament: Nick Kyrgios received a warning for an obscenity.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios has continued his flirtation with the suspended six-month ban issued by the ATP, having received his second code violation warning in a week.

Mary-Anne Monckton beams in brave balancing act

Mary-Anne Monckton has overcome a host of injuries.

Linda Pearce "Survivor" is the first word national women's gymnastics coach Peggy Liddick uses to describe her world championships team member Mary-Anne Monckton.

Tennis: Season over for Lleyton Hewitt, but the last hurrah still to come

Lleyton Hewitt bids farewell to the crowd after losing to Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce The countdown clock continues to tick on towards Lleyton Hewitt's imminent retirement, with the former world No.

Nick Kyrgios may need a lesson in manners, says Newcombe

Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, reacts after losing his racket during his first round match against Andy Murray, of Britain, at  the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Linda Pearce Tennis legend John Newcombe says the antics of Nick Kyrgios wouldn't have been tolerated on the tour in his playing days.

Davis Cup 2015: Lleyton Hewitt's long Davis Cup road may end against Britain in Glasgow

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Linda Pearce For a third consecutive Davis Cup tie, Lleyton Hewitt will be playing as if it is his last - which it will be, should Australia lose its semi-final to Britain in Glasgow.

Netball: Saturday twilight games, bigger venues on 2016 ANZ Championship agenda

Diamond debutant:  Jo Weston.

Linda Pearce A weekly Saturday twilight game and the continued expansion to larger venues are features of the 2016 ANZ Championship season.

Don Argus to chair Davis Cup captaincy panel

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's bid for the Davis Cup captaincy is in the hands of a five-man Tennis Australia sub-committee to be chaired by Don Argus, the prominent businessman behind the sweeping 2011 review of...

Thanasi Kokkinakis backed by Tennis Australia president Steve Healy

Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Linda Pearce Thanasi Kokkinakis has been the collateral damage in the recent storm around his friend Nick Kyrgios and deserves kudos rather than criticism for his own behaviour, according to Tennis Australia...

Davis Cup: Andy Murray to pull Britain up to end Lleyton Hewitt's run

Andy Murray walks off the court after losing in the fourth round of the US Open.

Linda Pearce The last time Australia played Britain in a Davis Cup tie was on a custom-made claycourt – yes, clay – in Sydney in 2003, early in the last of Australia's 28 cup-winning years.