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.

Pat Rafter steps down as Davis Cup captain, Hewitt to fill breach after playing 2016 Australian Open

Linda Pearce Pat Rafter has stepped down as Australian Davis Cup captain, with Lleyton Hewitt anointed his successor but only after playing one last Australian Open.

Australian Open 2015: Sick Serena Williams into a sixth Australian Open semi-final

Follow through: Serena Williams hits a return to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open.

Linda Pearce Serena Williams croaked her way through one post-match interview and sniffed her was through another, in a subdued prelude to her 26th grand slam semi-final.

Australian Open 2015: Nick Kyrgios takes a break, then back on the roller-coaster

'I'm going to keep my head down & enjoy a few days off': Kyrgios, via Twitter.

Linda Pearce With a positive day-after message to his 112,000-strong band of Twitter followers, Nick Kyrgios plans to retreat to Canberra on Thursday to heal his weary 19-year-old body, presumably eat some of his...

Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios tired, but happy with his performance

The heat is on: Nick Kyrgios during his quarter-final against Andy Murray.

Linda Pearce A weary Nick Kyrgios expresses his pride in an Australian Open performance completed under duress.

Australian Open: Andy Murray ends Nick Kyrgios' grand run

Out: Nick Kyrgios impressed, but was no match for Andy Murray.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios was keen to be introduced to the crowd on Rod Laver Arena as The Wonder From Down Under and, in some ways, he already is.

Australian Open 2015: Will Nick Kyrgios be a great champion or another Gael Monfils?

Nick Kyrgios: The next big thing or a false messiah?

Linda Pearce For all the questions that Nick Kyrgios has already answered during his exhilarating run to the Australian Open quarter-finals, in the locker-room, apparently, others remain.

Pudgy kid who became a star: Nick Kyrgios through coach Todd Larkham's eyes

The entertainer: Nick Kyrgios rises to the big occasion, says coach Todd Larkham.

Linda Pearce Todd Larkham was running a private tennis club in Canberra a decade ago when his attention was drawn to the pudgy nine-year-old playing in a junior tournament.

Bernard Tomic brands Australian Open first-week scheduling 'ridiculous'

Tame exit: Bernard Tomic reacts during his match against Tomas Berdych.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic has branded as "ridiculous" the first-week Australian Open scheduling he claims has also been questioned in the men's locker-room, adding some sarcastic criticism of tournament...

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Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios into quarter-finals after epic win

The battle is won: Nick Kyrgios shows his elation after his five-set win over Andreas Seppi.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios records second career comeback from a two-sets-to-love deficit to reach his second quarter-final from his past three grand slam attempts.

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Roger Federer's advice to emerging players: never too early to find formula for success

A hirsute Roger Federer wins the Australian Open in 2004.

Linda Pearce Back in 2004, when a pony-tailed Roger Federer arrived at Melbourne Park with just the first of his record 17 grand slam titles, he read a story declaring that long-haired guys don't win the...

Nick Kyrgios breaks new ground by going into match with Andreas Seppi as favourite

Favourite but not at the centre of the action: Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Question (1): What has new Australian Ajla Tomljanovic done at this year's Australian Open that fourth round men's pair Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic have not? Answer: Play on Rod Laver Arena.

Bernard Tomic feels the pressure easing and he is ready for Tomas Berdych

Distinctive style: Bernard Tomic practises at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

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...