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.

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Matthew Ebden to hit top, former coach tips

Rising fast: Matthew Ebden will be Australia's No. 1, says Peter McNamara.

Linda Pearce Peter McNamara warns against an over-investment in Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Matthew Ebden will be No 1: McNamara

Matthew Ebden

Linda Pearce Experienced Australian coach Peter McNamara has warned against an over-investment in the prospects of boom teenagers Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, while predicting that his former client,...

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Australian Open wildcard for Casey Dellacqua

Casey Dellacqua.

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua has qualified for next month's Australian Open at Melbourne Park, but she hopes from now on, her wildcard days are over.

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Roger Federer says he's a better player and hungry for Open title

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer insists he is a better player now than when he won the first of his four Australian Opens.

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In future, Dokic may call the shots

Linda Pearce Tther than a Hopman Cup broadcast booth, where to now for Jelena Dokic?

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I'm a better player than a decade ago: Federer

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer says he is a better player than when he won his first Australian Open

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Jelena Dokic makes a tentative return from injury

Jarmila Gajdosova

Linda Pearce Former world No.4 could hardly have drawn a tougher first-up opponent.

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Junior tennis champ Luke Saville working hard in the big league

Tough challenge: Young tennis champ Luke Saville.

Linda Pearce Not everyone can be Nick Kyrgios, but Luke Saville is still striving, working, hoping.

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Tennis star Sam Stosur is looking forward to a fresh start in 2014

Belt it: Sam Stosur is keen to hit her straps early next year after a positive finish to the 2013 season.

Linda Pearce After a tumultuous year, Sam Stosur is looking forward to making a fresh start in 2014.

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Party boy Bernard Tomic ready to knuckle down for Australian Open

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Night owl declares himself ready to submit to the daily discipline of a pre-season.

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Hewitt's outstanding year recognised with Newcombe Medal

John Newcombe poses with Lleyton Hewitt after the latter was awarded the Newcombe Medal on Monday night.

Linda Pearce One of Lleyton Hewitt's last full seasons earns him a first Newcombe Medal.

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Slim pickings for Newcombe Medal judges

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Linda Pearce With the prestigious Newcombe Medal up for grabs, how do the contenders shape up?

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The young and the restless, changes in junior tennis

Linda Pearce Controversial changes to Australia's junior tennis competitions could cost the sport talented youngsters.

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Roche serves up Tomic training invite and urges hard work

Linda Pearce Renowned Australian coach Tony Roche has issued an open invitation to Bernard Tomic to join pre-season training at Lleyton Hewitt's Sydney home, while stressing the need for the 21-year-old to make a...

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Jelena Dokic back to reignite her prodigal star

Linda Pearce Depite Dokic's tumultuous history, the former No. 4 hopes to play at the Australian Open.

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Todd Woodbridge takes up new role with Tennis Australia

Todd Woodbridge.

Linda Pearce Todd Woodbridge is no longer a contender for Tennis Australia's vacant high performance director's role.

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When Macs attack

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Linda Pearce Strange how Paul McNamee's new autobiography doesn't cover his 106-day stint as Melbourne FC chief executive.

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Miles Maclagan the new tennis coach for Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce Darren Cahill believes Maclagan is a 'smart choice' as the new coach for Sam Stosur.

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Sam Stosur appoints Miles Maclagan as tennis coach

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's productive end to her first season outside the top 15 has finished with the coaching appointment of Miles Maclagan.

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Miles Maclagan to coach Sam Stosur

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's productive end to her first season outside the top 15 since 2008 has finished with the coaching appointment of Miles Maclagan, the African-born Briton who formerly worked with Wimbledon...