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.

Roger Federer wants mandatory drug testing, after IAAF suspension of Russian athletics

Linda Pearce The Russian doping ban - which could include the 2016 Rio Olympics - has been met with swift reaction worldwide.

Bernard Tomic opens up on jail, tennis, Nick Kyrgios, and life in the top 20

Bernard Tomic has just had his best season, ranked world No.18.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic's cellmate in Miami after his sensational July arrest was a petty thief who had pinched a TV.

John Newcombe Medal: Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic ineligible

Bernard Tomic (left) and NIck Kyrgios  are both ineligible for this year's John Newcombe medal.

Linda Pearce Neither Bernard Tomic nor Nick Kyrgios are contenders for this year's Newcombe Medal.

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic overlooked as Newcombe Medal finalists

Bernard Tomic, left, and NIck Kyrgios have had wayward years.

Linda Pearce Australia's two top-ranked men, trouble-prone pair Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios, have both been excluded from the six-player list of finalists for the Newcombe Medal, Tennis Australia's annual...

Davis Cup: New captain Lleyton Hewitt gives qualified support to Nick Kyrgios

Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce New Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt believes Nick Kyrgios could be one of the best things to happen to tennis.

It's official – Lleyton Hewitt is our next Davis Cup captain

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt has been officially confirmed as Australia's seventh Davis Cup captain.

Netball: Australian Diamonds upset by New Zealand Silver Ferns in game three of Constellation Cup

Linda Pearce Australia with Caitlin Bassett led New Zealand 28-21 half-way through Sunday's third Constellation Cup game; Australia without the injured Bassett lost the last two quarters by 10 goals, and the...

New Zealand Silver Ferns prepare for likely changing of the guard after Constellation Cup series

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Linda Pearce Australia's key netball retirements came after the World Cup finals win in August. New Zealand's are expected to follow Friday's final match in the Constellation Cup series, and include captain Casey...

Australian Diamonds upset by New Zealand Silver Ferns in Constellation Cup

New Zealand's Kayla Cullen and Gretel Tippett compete for the ball.

Linda Pearce Australia have suffered a surprise 50-47 loss to New Zealand in game three of the Constellation Cup series.

Inside the mind of tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios

Illustration: John Shakespeare.

Linda Pearce When sports psychologists observe Nick Kyrgios, what do they see?

Netballer Kim Ravaillion still raring to go

Commando in command: Kim Ravaillion in action against the Silver Ferns.

Linda Pearce If Kim Ravaillion is not the world's fittest netballer, then appearances are deceptive indeed. But the personal trainer and Diamonds' centre is content if her opponents think she is indefatiguable;...

Gretel Tippett in line for Diamonds debut against New Zealand

Gretel Tippett is set to become Australia's 165th international netball representative.

Linda Pearce Gretel Tippett is set to become Australia's 165th international netball representative just four years after first playing the game.

Bernard Tomic believes he is already playing top 10 tennis after a fine week in Shanghai

Tomic defeated Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco, world No.7 David Ferrer and No.11 Richard Gasquet at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Linda Pearce New world No.18 Bernard Tomic believes he is already playing top-eight-standard tennis as he enters the three-event home stretch of his most consistent season, starting with a first-round bye as the...

Asian tennis: past, present, future

Kei Nishikori hits a return against Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

Linda Pearce Kei Nishikori stands alone as an Asian presence near the pointy end of the ATP rankings.

Shanghai Masters: Novak Djokovic sees improvement in Bernard Tomic, but says more needs to come

Adviser: Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic and Bernard Tomic share Balkans heritage, friendship, and often a practice court, and the world No.

Shanghai Masters: Novak Djokovic shows Bernard Tomic the door

Through to the semi-finals: Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic has ended Bernard Tomic's impressive run at the Shanghai Masters with a hard-fought quarter-final win.

Bernard Tomic shuns big IPTL payday to prepare for successful Australian Open start in 2016

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Linda Pearce By skipping the lucrative IPTL season to concentrate on a rigorous pre-season, the new Bernard Tomic says he will forgo a pay cheque of close to $200,000 for about three weeks work.

Shanghai Masters: Bernard Tomic upsets Richard Gasquet, to meet Novak Djokovic in quarter-final

Bernard Tomic will be seeded for the first time at the Australian Open after beating Richard Gasquet.

Linda Pearce The Queenslander will now be seeded for the first time at the Australian Open.

Shanghai Masters: Nick Kyrgios escapes fine for second code violation warning in China

Nick Kyrgios couldn't help himself on Twitter.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios has escaped a fine for his second code violation warning in Shanghai, leaving any potential ban from ATP tournaments on hold for now.

Nick Kyrgios happy to continue his turbulent year, and for Lleyton Hewitt to take over Davis Cup

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19:  Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios run on court to congratulate teammate Lleyton Hewitt of Australia as he celebrates winning the reverse singles match between Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan during day three of the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie between Australia and Kazakhstan at Marrara Sporting Complex on July 19, 2015 in Darwin, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios is not quite ready for his tumultuous season to finish.