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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Nick Kyrgios success reminds Pat Cash of Mark Philippoussis

Linda Pearce As Pat Cash watched Nick Kyrgios upstage Rafael Nadal on the world's most famous court, the 1987 Wimbledon champion was reminded of a long-ago match at faraway Melbourne Park.

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Philippoussis praises Kyrgios, criticises Tomic

Mark Philippoussis was plagued by knee injuries during his career, which nevertheless included two grand slam finals.

Linda Pearce Mark Philippoussis rates Nick Kyrgios as the finest Australian prospect since his own days.

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Beaten in the Wimbledon final by Novak Djokovic, was this Roger Federer's last hurrah?

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Linda Pearce As Roger Federer walked across the footbridge from Wimbledon’s centre court to the players’ lawn in the hour after his finals defeat, he was flanked by his four-year-old identical twin...

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Australia Day at Wimbledon

Bernard Tomic plays a backhand during his first round match against Evgeny Donskoy.

Linda Pearce With five first round winners already, two more will provide the nation’s biggest round two presence at the All England Club since 1999.

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Pat Cash tips Nick Kyrgios as future tennis star

On the rise: Australia's Nick Kyrgios is earning praise from legends of the game.

Linda Pearce Pat Cash rates blossoming teenager Nick Kyrgios as Australia's most talented prospect since dual grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, the 1987 Wimbledon champion also revealing that a recent...

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Nick Kyrgios to bring X-factor to big time

Australian young gun Nick Kyrgios during his brief campaign at the French Open.

Linda Pearce The buzz around Nick Kyrgios is about more than his results, or a world No.145 ranking that makes him the youngest in the top 200.

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Time on my side, says Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic has a big game on Tuesday and it may all end there.

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Matthew Ebden to hit top, former coach tips

Rising fast: Matthew Ebden will be Australia's No. 1, says Peter McNamara.

Linda Pearce Peter McNamara warns against an over-investment in Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Matthew Ebden will be No 1: McNamara

Matthew Ebden

Linda Pearce Experienced Australian coach Peter McNamara has warned against an over-investment in the prospects of boom teenagers Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, while predicting that his former client,...

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Lleyton Hewitt continues charge towards Brisbane International title

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt was the last Australian man to win a tournament in the season's opening week, and he could yet repeat what he achieved as an emerging superstar in his home town of Adelaide 14 years...

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Lleyton Hewitt still flying the flag for Australian tennis

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt was the last Australian man to win a tournament in the season's opening week.

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The young and the restless, changes in junior tennis

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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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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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New Scud on the block?

Linda Pearce Troubled Bernard Tomic was a notable omission from this year's list of Newcombe Medal finalists, but the player who is never far from the headlines owes his latest page one appearance to an...

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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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A Tomic bomb over Rafter leaves Australia reeling

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

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Thanks for the lesson: Federer gives Bernard a masterclass

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce ROGER FEDERER is not the peerless force he used to be, but Bernard Tomic is still developing into the great player he will become.

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Federer storms into Wimbledon semi-final

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce, London Roger Federer has reached a record 32nd grand slam semi-final but first at Wimbledon in three years, after an imperious 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 domination of his 14-time whipping boy, Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

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Murray, darling of All England

Andy Murray

Linda Pearce A more romantic Wimbledon men's final is hard to imagine. So much international love for Roger Federer. So much patriotic hope invested in Andy Murray.