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.

Tennis

There's hope still for Tomic to realise potential, says legend Laver

Linda Pearce Rod Laver remains optimistic about the career prospects of Bernard Tomic.

Tennis

Monfils beats Federer in Shanghai

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Roger Federer is not yet ready to concede, but the evidence of his decline is mounting.

Tennis

Tomic bites bullet on new coach to replace father

John Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic acknowledges the time has come, finally, to appoint a new coach.

Tennis

Future hangs on wrist scans

Lleyton Hewitt plays a return to Andreas Seppi of Italy during their first-round match at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's immediate future will be determined by scans on a wrist injury.

Tennis

Tomic, Hewitt find accord in a new open era

Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce The relationship between Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic, once fractured, is now healed.

Tennis

Freed-up Nadal eyes history

Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Newly re-crowned world No.1 plans to play on until the 2016 Rio Olympics, at least.

Tennis

No Grand Slams? No worries, says Roger Federer

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce As Roger Federer acclaims his Spanish rival Rafael Nadal's recovery from the depths of knee injury despair to the No.

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Reclusive Pete Sampras to present rich 2014 Australian Open prize

Pete Sampras hits up on centre court at Rod Laver Arena.

Linda Pearce Dual champion Pete Sampras will make a rare grand slam appearance to present the Australian Open men's trophy in January, when a total prizemoney purse of $33 million will be shared among the world's...

Tennis

New TA chief Tiley targets player growth

Linda Pearce Building the playing base will be the focus of new Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley.

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Kooyong Classic faces shake-up

Lleyton Hewiit with his children Mia, Cruz and Ava after winning the Kooyong Classic in January 2013.

Linda Pearce Kooyong's AAMI Classic is primed for a revamp under new owners IMG - but not in 2014.

Tennis

'I am now regretting why I really didn't punch him'

 John Tomic

Linda Pearce EXCLUSIVE Defiant John Tomic disputes accuracy of claims by son Bernard's former hitting partner.

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Rafter finds hope in faultless Tomic

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce On Wednesday, Australia will learn its 2014 Davis Cup fate via the world group draw in London. Over recent days, in Warsaw, third-year captain Pat Rafter learnt a little more about Bernard Tomic,...

Tennis

Hewitt grit a cup boost

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's next stop: Warsaw, via Munich, for Australia's Davis Cup qualifying tie against Poland.

Tennis

Williams, Djokovic smash their opponents

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Four-time US Open champion Serena Williams embarrassed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0 on a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium to book a semi-final against fifth seed Li Na.

Tennis

Lleyton Hewitt loses US Open thriller to Mikhail Youzhny

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt is out of the US Open after suffering a sapping five-set fourth-round loss to Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny.

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New order: Federer back in the pack

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Star finishes grand slam season without a finals appearance for first time since 2002.

Tennis

Compelling case points to the decline of Federer

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce New York: Roger Federer has finished his grand slam season without a final appearance for the first time since 2002, humbled in straight sets in the fourth round of the US Open by 19th seed Tommy...

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Roger Federer crashes out of US Open

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer suffered a stunning upset in the fourth round of the US Open, the 17-time Grand Slam champion falling to Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo in a last-16 match on Monday.

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Lleyton Hewitt tipped for more US Open success

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a shot during his men's singles third round match against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's former coach, Darren Cahill, is optimistic about the 2001 champion's prospects of continuing his improbable march at the US Open

Tennis

Marion Bartoli set to compete at Hopman Cup

Marion Bartoli.

Linda Pearce Marion Bartoli's retirement may prove to be almost comically brief, with reports that the Wimbledon champion, who announced her decision to quit tennis on August 15, but then left the door to a swift...