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.

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Sentimental favourite Federer goes for 'just one more moment'

This is the second time that Roger Federer (above) and Novak Djokovic are meeting in a grand slam final.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer is a student of history, as well as a prolific maker of it, but was neither aware, nor did he particularly care that on Sunday he could become the oldest man to win a Wimbledon singles...

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Stanislas Wawrinka puzzled after Australian Open success

Stanislas Wawrinka leaves court after his first-round defeat.

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka’s first grand slam match as a grand slam champion has ended with a shock grand slam exit.

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Australian greats defend Bernard Tomic

Former tennis player John Newcombe

Linda Pearce and Michael Chammas Former Australian greats have defended Bernard Tomic's retirement one set into his opening round Australian Open match against world No.

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Tomic, not guilty - at least this time

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Linda Pearce History had much to do with the boos that greeted an injured Tomic

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Tomic: I made right decision

Bernard Tomic speaks to the media on Wednesday.

Michael Chammas and Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic insists he risked being out of the game for up to four months if he had played on through a groin injury.

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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

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Slim pickings for Newcombe Medal judges

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Linda Pearce With the prestigious Newcombe Medal up for grabs, how do the contenders shape up?

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Tomic needs to act on Rafter's ultimatum

Bernard Tomic and Pat Rafter.

Linda Pearce Simply, Bernard Tomic has to work harder. Pat Rafter has been saying it and Tomic has been agreeing.

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Coach just trying to fire up Tomic

Tony Roche (left) and Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce An animated courtside exchange between Bernard Tomic and Australian coach Tony Roche during the dire finale to Australia's Davis Cup tie against Germany has been downplayed by Tennis Australia.

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Tomic admits coming up short in tough year

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Bernard Tomic meekly departs the Shanghai Rolex Masters in the first round.

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Tomic's exertion queried again

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce SHANGHAI: Bernard Tomic has meekly departed the Shanghai Rolex Masters in the first round through a 6-4, 6-0 capitulation to Florian Mayer, the German acknowledging that Tomic ''probably didn't try...

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No rift with coach: Tomic

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Tomic has dismissed reports of a rift, and rumours of a strained relationship with Pat Rafter.

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Take a break, Tomic urged

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Amid social media wisecracks about 'Tomic the Tank Engine', came some sound advice.

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Tomic in danger of losing X-factor

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Young Australian urged to end revolving door of support staff and surround himself with a stable team.

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Davis Cup ban turns up the heat on Tomic

Linda Pearce EXCLUSIVE Bernard Tomic suspended from Australia's opening Davis Cup tie in Taiwan next season.

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Harsh but fair as Rafter wrangles difficult team

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Linda Pearce When Bernard Tomic was told of his disciplinary dumping from Australia's Davis Cup team for next year's opening round zone tie in Taiwan, he asked for the reasons why. Really?

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Tomic dropped from Davis Cup tie after slack attitude

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Linda Pearce BERNARD TOMIC has been suspended from Australia's opening Davis Cup tie in Taiwan next season as the estrangement between the country's most talented young player and the tennis establishment spills...

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A Tomic bomb over Rafter leaves Australia reeling

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Linda Pearce Tomic has decided to extend his Rafter-imposed suspension from the first Davis Cup tie.

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Human headline, talent to Bern

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Linda Pearce Linda Pearce talks to Australia's most topical player, a rare talent with an uncanny knack for finding controversy.

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Trying times waiting to see the best of Bernie

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce He has the talent, but Bernard Tomic is not making the most of his prodigious gifts.