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 feels the pressure easing and he is ready for Tomas Berdych

Linda Pearce When Bernard Tomic graduated from a glittering junior career to make an immediate senior impact that included a Wimbledon quarter-final appearance at just 18, Mats Wilander was one of many who...

Australian Open: Bernard Tomic defeats Sam Groth to make last 16

Watchful: Bernard Tomic during his match against Sam Groth.

Linda Pearce As Bernard Tomic became the first Australian into the fourth round of the Australian Open, there is growing the evidence to support the contention that this Tomic is an improved version of the player...

Roger Federer knocked out of Australian Open by Andreas Seppi

Out: Roger Federer is gone from the Australian Open

Linda Pearce Second seed Roger Federer was bundled out of the Australian Open third round by Italian Andreas Seppi on Friday, suffering his first career defeat in 11 meetings between the pair in the 6-4 7-6(5)...

Tomic v Groth: Back to school is Pat Rafter's way


Linda Pearce Pat Rafter cannot be sure what impact a greater non-tennis education would have had on the colourful life and times of Bernard Tomic, but Tennis Australia's new director of performance would like to...

Popular Kyrgios plays lone tennis hero of Tunisia

Malek Jaziri of Tunisia.

Linda Pearce If 2014 delivered the coming of Kyrgios, the Australian's next opponent plans that 2015 will be the year of Jaziri. Malek Jaziri, that is: Tunisia's finest tennis player, and, at No.

Australian Open 2015: Marinko Matosevic cool on female coach

The man speaks his mind: Marinko Matosevic reacts to a point in his match against Andy Murray.

Linda Pearce Try to filter Marinko Matosevic and, much like the Australian men's collective attempting to beat Andy Murray, prepare to fail. Matosevic will not, unlike Murray, be getting a female coach. Ever.

Australian Open 2015: women look to close the gap

Ajla Tomljaonvic of Australia is not yet a household name.

Linda Pearce After almost 4 million Australian eyeballs had focused on the first instalment of Lleyton Hewitt's record 19th consecutive appearance at his home grand slam, the curiously scheduled match that...

Back to school, children, says Rafter

Linda Pearce No school equals no Tennis Australia funding, is the education-focused pledge from incoming director of development Pat Rafter, who plans to cut the handouts to young players after he comes to office...

Tennis legends urge Kyrgios to listen and learn

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce and Jake Niall Pat Rafter is full of praise for the attitude of Thanasi Kokkinakis, but is no longer prepared to give behavioural advice to the other of Australia's talented tennis teens, Nick Kyrgios, until there...

Australian Open 2015: How special are these Ks, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios?

Nick Kyrgios signs autographs for fans during a practice session on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce As TV remote controls around Australia flicked back and forth between Thanasi Kokkinakis upstaging 11th seed Ernests Gulbis on one channel and his excitable mate Nick Kyrgios beating Argentine...

Australian Open 2015: Samantha Stosur joins list of local winners

Steady progression: Sam Stosur got better as her match went on.

Linda Pearce If great expectations no longer greet Sam Stosur on her arrival at what has been, at times, a torturous home grand slam, the great thing about this one, from a local perspective, is the number of...

Tomic heads day one Australian winners

Bernard Tomic plays a forehand during his win on Monday.

Linda Pearce A few happy endings, then. Or beginnings. Or restarts. Call them what you will. Bernard Tomic was tested, but successful in his first Australian Open match since being booed off the court as a...

Australian Open 2015: Gajdosova breaks first-round drought on 10th attempt

Through: Jarmila Gajdosova powers a forehand on day one.

Linda Pearce Jarmila Gajdosova has changed nationalities, suffered through mononucleosis, risen to 25th in the rankings and fallen back to 334th, lost her mother, married, divorced and gained a new fiance in the...

Australian Open 2015: Swiss bank advice to Kyrgios

Stan Wawrinka hits a forehand volley during a practice session at Malbourne Park on Sunday.

Linda Pearce Australian Open title-holder Stan Wawrinka has cautioned great Australian hope Nick Kyrgios about the need to distinguish between enough confidence and too much, as the game's highest-profile...

Nick Kyrgios keeps back injury in perspective as he heads for the Open

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios will play Argentina's Federico Delbonis in the Australian Open first round.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios is confident he can still make an impact at the Australian Open, despite a lingering back injury ensuring that, physically, he will not be at 100 per cent.

Genie Bouchard: not aiming to be the next somebody, just 'the first of me'

Eugenie Bouchard

Linda Pearce When Canada's first-ever grand slam singles finalist arrived home at Montreal airport from Wimbledon last July, an already heady level of fame entered what she calls a "super-crazy" new realm.

Australian Open 2015: Where to next for Nick Kyrgios and how to get there

In the spotlight: Nick Kyrgios will be the centre of attention at the Australian Open.

Linda Pearce What does one tell a teenager for whom so much has happened so quickly?

Australian Open 2015: Stanislas Wawrinka knows another slam will be tough

Stanislas Wawrinka is the defending champion at Melbourne Park.

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka does not talk like a man who is expecting to sweep to a second consecutive Australian Open title in a fortnight.

Omar Jasika within one match of qualifying

Omar Jasika plays a forehand against John-Patrick Smith.

Linda Pearce As the average age of the men's elite has risen to exclude most teenagers from the pointy end of the game, Australia's 17-year-old US Open junior champion Omar Jasika is within one match of...

Australian Open 2015: What drives Bernard Tomic?

Reformed: Bernard Tomic says tennis is now the biggest priority  and other things must be put aside.

Linda Pearce What drives Bernard Tomic is a different question to what this notorious sporting leadfoot is driving these days, and the much-derided, yet undeniably gifted 22-year-old is understandably more...