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.

Olivia Rogowska vies for Australian Open wildcard

Linda Pearce Olivia Rogowska is determined to keep reminding herself that this has been her best season, even as the late-entry top seed finds herself back at Melbourne Park attempting to win an Australian Open...

Luke Saville on a steady road

Luke Saville plays a forehand against Christopher O'Connell during the Australian Open wildcard playoffs.

Linda Pearce Luke Saville seems to have been a promising player for so long that unflattering comparisons with the slightly younger, already more celebrated, Nick Kyrgios are inevitable.


Dashing Russian Daria Gavrilova the latest to call Australia home

Linda Pearce Daria Gavrilova has Vegemite and avocado on toast each morning, swears an AFL allegiance to Carlton through her boyfriend and fellow junior grand slam winner Luke Saville, and is still trying to...

The Australian who helped Switzerland and Roger Federer win a Davis Cup

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Linda Pearce Among the various health and feud-related subplots entwined in one of the feelgood stories of the tennis year - Switzerland and Roger Federer's maiden Davis Cup title in France a fortnight ago - is...

School's out, now Thanasi Kokkinakis maps his career path

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Newcombe Medal.

Linda Pearce If Nick Kyrgios' purple Newcombe Medal suit was not quite loud enough, the Wimbledon quarter-finalist also appeared keen to make a particular verbal statement at the recent tennis awards function.


Tennis Australia moves to ensure no more Open melting moments

Linda Pearce A major revamp of Tennis Australia's player development department under new director of performance Patrick Rafter is well underway.


Lleyton Hewitt: it's not all about Kyrgios, Tomic still in the mix

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Linda Pearce Ask Lleyton Hewitt whether Nick Kyrgios has what it takes to become Australia's next great tennis player, and our most recent world No.

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Tennis IPL: Pay it, and not just Roger Federer will come

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia throws a tennis ball to stock traders as Carlos Moya of Spain looks on at the inaugural listing of the IPTL at the Philippine Stock Exchange in Makati city, east of Manila, on Friday.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer's famous name was conspicuously absent from the star-studded original line-up lured to lend their cachet to the first season of the International Premier Tennis League.


Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer to launch fast tennis in Sydney

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce A year after Melbourne spent "A Night with Roger Federer and Friends" in the name of charity, Sydney will on January 12 host "'One Night With Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt" to launch a new...


Nick Kyrgios: I can win the Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios after winning the Newcombe Medal at the 2014 Newcombe Medal Awards.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios has declared himself a genuine contender for next year's Australian Open title, as former great John Newcombe has urged the Canberra teenager to ensure his self-belief is healthy bravado...


Nick Kyrgios wins Newcombe Medal for top tennis player of the year

Canberra tennis player Nick Kyrgios after winning the 2014 Newcombe Medal.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios does not yet own a tour-level title, but won the most talked-about match of the Australian tennis year amid great global acclaim, and thus the 2014 Newcombe Medal for the nation's...


Nick Kyrgios to establish a London base


Linda Pearce Australian Nick Kyrgios will set up his northern hemisphere training base in London.


Roger Federer battles injury and Stan Wawrinka scuttlebutt ahead of Davis Cup final

Fitness race: Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer's back injury may not be the only concern for Switzerland ahead of this week's Davis Cup final.

Novak Djokovic wins ATP World Tour Finals after Roger Federer withdraws with injury

Novak Djokovic

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic has completed the predicted hat-trick of ATP World Tour Finals, but this time without hitting a ball in the deciding match.


Novak Djokovic keen to crash the party

Novak Djokovic

Linda Pearce Just as John McEnroe once pursued Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, so Novak Djokovic is still striving to join the conversation dominated by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori after dropping set for first time at ATP World Tour Finals

Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Kei Nishikori.

Linda Pearce Finally, a contest. Finally, however briefly, a challenger to the dominance of Novak Djokovic.

Roger Federer beats Stan Wawrinka in thriller to set up dream final against Novak Djokovic


Linda Pearce Roger Federer saved four match points before winning a gripping semi-final in a deciding set tiebreak against fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday to set up a dream ATP World Tour Final climax...


School's in for Nick Kyrgios, teenage dux of Australian tennis

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios is the top-ranked and highest-profile among the 10 students at the ATP University.

Djokovic on top of the world - on and off court

World No.1, again: Novak Djokovic celebrates his win.

Linda Pearce So exceptional are his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, says Novak Djokovic, that he is always forced to win a major title or two if he also wants the top ranking.