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.
Linda Pearce The price of fame: when new US Open junior champion Omar Jasika makes his ATP debut as a wildcard entry at next week's Malaysian Open, Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic will be beside him.
Linda Pearce Barely 12 months ago, Omar Jasika was not the poster boy for the junior game in Australia. He was showing signs of becoming something of a problem child.
Linda Pearce In three weeks, when Australia's triumphant Commonwealth Games netball team plays its next Test, the only player missing from its Glasgow squad will be the just-retired vice-captain Bianca Chatfield.
Linda Pearce Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has warned that potentially challenging times lie ahead for Australian wonderboy Nick Kyrgios.
Linda Pearce As the mother of one 10-year-old daughter, Kathryn Oyeniyi jokes that she also has about 16 sons. That would be the Davis Cup team, and support staff, and that would include Lleyton, Bernie, Nick,...
Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's latest US Open may be over, but his grand slam career is not, with the dual major champion intending to make at least one more competitive visit to Melbourne Park next January, and...
Linda Pearce Sam Groth remains in contact with a number of his Vermont football pals, who this weekend will contest Eastern Football League finals for beer money while Groth plays for much higher stakes at the US...
Linda Pearce Back in 2003, Michael Clarke was a young, uncapped batsman on his first tour of the West Indies.
Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios loves New York. The city that never sleeps is the ideal fit for the teenaged showman whose remarkable senior tennis awakening came recently on the sedate lawns of the All England Club.
Linda Pearce To the growing cast of eastern European tennis players competing under the Australian banner, add another foreign name: Daria Gavrilova.
Linda Pearce "It puts us up in mainstream sport,'' Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander declared at the end of a Commonwealth Games competition that was a triumph for not just the all-conquering Diamonds but,...
Linda Pearce Thanasi Kokkinakis admits he was envious of what his great mate Nick Kyrgios achieved at Wimbledon last month.
Linda Pearce Ajla Tomljanovic kept her secret for many months. The fact that she had applied for Australian residency in January.
Linda Pearce It was almost 7pm last Wednesday night in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and Nick Kyrgios was restless.
Linda Pearce As Australian men's tennis celebrates its greatest top-100 singles representation in more than 13 years, a major potential boost to the women's game has arrived with the surprise defection of rising...
Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic’s father and coach, John, has vigorously challenged reports that his son was dumped by his long-time management company, IMG, claiming the Tomics instigated the recent contractual...
Linda Pearce Melbourne Vixens are poised to sign the last out-of-contract member of their premiership team when a deal with Kate Moloney is inked in the coming days, with young shooter Alice Teague-Neeld expected...
Linda Pearce Sharelle McMahon travelled to Canberra recently to present Commonwealth Games netball debutante Tegan Caldwell with her Australian dress.
Linda Pearce Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander accepts that her shooting circle will be targeted as Australia's arc of greatest vulnerability when it seeks a first Commonwealth Games gold medal since 2002, in a...
Linda Pearce Never has Novak Djokovic played in a higher-quality grand slam decider, he believes, and never has he been more proud of a victory, given the number of opponents he felt the need to beat.