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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Pat Cash: Bernard Tomic needs a break

Exit: Bernard Tomic after losing in Florida last week.

Linda Pearce Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash believes Bernard Tomic's longer-term tennis interests and mental health would be best served by the controversial 21-year-old taking an extended break from the game.

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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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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.

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Hewitt still has major 'stuff to give'

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Australian intends to continue on for an 18th lap of international circuit in 2014.

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The young and the restless, changes in junior tennis

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce Controversial changes to Australia's junior tennis competitions could cost the sport talented youngsters.

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Slim pickings for Newcombe Medal judges

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

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Hewitt's outstanding year recognised with Newcombe Medal

John Newcombe poses with Lleyton Hewitt after the latter was awarded the Newcombe Medal on Monday night.

Linda Pearce One of Lleyton Hewitt's last full seasons earns him a first Newcombe Medal.

Our new No.1 has no grand slam victories

Marinko Matosevic.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic will become Australia's top-ranked tennis player on Monday.

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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.

Stosur takes top award in quiet year

Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce WHAT was not Sam Stosur's finest season was still judged the clear standout by an Australian player in 2012, with the Queenslander awarded the Newcombe Medal for the third consecutive year at the...

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Stosur ends her 'ordinary' year with a win

Linda Pearce Queenslander awarded the Newcombe Medal for the third consecutive year.

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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.

Ten things to like about tennis this summer

Young Australia Tennis player Ashleigh Barty.

Linda Pearce Interactive: The tournaments, players and moments to watch this season.

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Roger revved up for weekend at Bernie's

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves during his men's singles match against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko on the fourth day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2013.   AFP PHOTO/WILLIAM WEST IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE

Linda Pearce BERNARD TOMIC watched Roger Federer play Nikolay Davydenko on Thursday night, just as Federer would have monitored the young Australian's performance on Rod Laver Arena earlier that afternoon.

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Federer ready for challenge

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic and Roger Federer continue to monitor each other.

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Rare view from top of world

When he was king: Lleyton Hewitt says of his time as world No.1: ''You look back now and you realise how big an achievement it was.''

Linda Pearce Three Australians are among the 25 men who have been No.1 in the world.

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Hewitt bows out and then there were none

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce, London With a final netted backhand from faded great Lleyton Hewitt, Australia confirms its worst result since 1938.

Final flourish, then the big boys: Saville

Luke Saville.

Linda Pearce, London South Australian admits junior success less significant now the graduation process is under way.