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 protege Jason Kubler rises from the red dust

Tough slog: There has been no fairytale rise for Jason Kubler, for whom bad luck and hard work sum up his career so far.

Linda Pearce Once upon a time that was 2009, Jason Kubler was described as a right-handed version of Rafael Nadal.

Tomic family says game over after dispute with tennis academy over Sara

On the ball: John Tomic during the French Open in May.

Linda Pearce The Tomic familly's dalliance with life in Melbourne may end up lasting less than a year, with a disgruntled John Tomic having withdrawn his daughter, Sara, a talented junior, from the national...

Ashleigh Barty gives no hint of return after walking away from tennis

Ash Barty.

Linda Pearce Australia's finest young female tennis prospect, Ashleigh Barty, will take an indefinite break from the game.

Lay off Jasika, says 'big brother' Nick Kyrgios

Australian tennis player Omar Jasika speaks to the media at Melbourne Park this week.

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.

Off the couch and down to business

Serving it up: US Open junior title winner Omar Jasika.

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.

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Testing times for injury-prone Nick Kyrgios require attitude shift, says Pat Rafter

Nick Kyrgios has been selected as Australia’s second player for the tie against Uzbekistan.

Linda Pearce Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has warned that potentially challenging times lie ahead for Australian wonderboy Nick Kyrgios.

How Vermont reserves got Sam Groth's tennis career back on track

Sam Groth playing for Vermont reserves in 2011.

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...

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Lleyton Hewitt will play in the Australian Open despite US Open defeat

Returning: Lleyton Hewitt will play at the Australian Open next year.

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...

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'Dasha' Gavrilova joins the growing tennis import club

Although Daria Gavrilova's residency status is unclear, her potential has been apparent for some time.

Linda Pearce To the growing cast of eastern European tennis players competing under the Australian banner, add another foreign name: Daria Gavrilova.

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Nick Kyrgios ready to make a brand new start of it in New York

Master blaster: Nick Kyrgios playing in a Canadian Open match against Andy Murray.

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.

Pssst: The day 'Pup' bottled it

Michael Clarke

Linda Pearce Back in 2003, Michael Clarke was a young, uncapped batsman on his first tour of the West Indies.

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Tomics: we weren't dumped by IMG and are not threatened by Nick Kyrgios

John Tomic

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...

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Rising star Ajla Tomljanovic to boost Australian tennis stocks

Victory: Ajla Tomljanovic.

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...

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Nick Kyrgios story: From Wimbledon to Bundoora

Laid-back: Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne on Friday.

Linda Pearce It was almost 7pm last Wednesday night in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and Nick Kyrgios was restless.

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Why Ajla Tomljanovic switched from Croatia to Australia

Serious talent: Ajla Tomljanovic's switch was initially hatched as a bit of joke.

Linda Pearce Ajla Tomljanovic kept her secret for many months. The fact that she had applied for Australian residency in January.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis keen to match mate Nick Kyrgios' feats on court

Rising star: Australian young gun Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Linda Pearce Thanasi Kokkinakis admits he was envious of what his great mate Nick Kyrgios achieved at Wimbledon last month.

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Andy Murray knocked from his throne in straight sets

Andy Murray

Linda Pearce The reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been dethroned, going down in straight sets to Grigor Dimitrov.

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Beaten Nick Kyrgios looks ahead after Wimbledon adventure

Nick Kyrgios will move inside the top 70 after his run at Wimbledon.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios intends to watch replays of his exceptional Wimbledon debut, to remember what is needed to carry him further at future grand slams.

Nick Kyrgios knocked out of Wimbledon by Milos Raonic

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Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios will enter the world’s top 70, but not the Wimbledon semi-finals, having been unable to replicate his monstrous upset of Rafael Nadal against monster-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

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Wimbledon 2014: What's next for Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Goran Ivanisevic knows what it's like to be a 19-year-old Wimbledon quarter-finalist, and likes what he sees in the most recent: Australian wildcard Nick Kyrgios.