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 v Richard Gasquet: tyro versus veteran

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios is yet to win a second round grand slam match. But he will. Soon.

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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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Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios becomes sixth Australian in second round

Nick Kyrgios plays a backhand against Stephane Robert.

Linda Pearce The youngest man left in the Wimbledon men's draw celebrated his All England Club debut with a place in the second round.

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Lleyton Hewitt and the Australian renaissance at Wimbledon

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Pat Cash, Hewitt’s Australian predecessor as Wimbledon champion, believes Hewitt is still as keen as he is capable.

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Nick Kyrgios pulls off incredible Wimbledon win

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men's singles tennis match against Richard Gasquet of France at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 26, 2014.                        REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Linda Pearce The Canberran teenager has easily the biggest win of his career, coming back from two sets down to upset French 13th seed Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon.

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Kyrgios hailed as Australia's new sensation

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Pat Cash hesitates to anoint Nick Kyrgios as a future Wimbledon champion.

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Kyrgios: Wimbledon, and the world, at his feet

Australia's Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce On one screen, player-turned commentator Wally Masur was watching Wimbledon sensation Nick Kyrgios saving an astonishing nine match points after also losing the first two sets to 13th seed Richard...

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Lleyton Hewitt departs Wimbledon, perhaps for the last time

Lleyton Hewitt shows his exhilaration after levelling the game against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz at two-sets all.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt is not sure if his farewell wave at Wimbledon was for now, or forever, noting that, at 33, and after so many injuries, he is just one more mishap from “hanging up the bats”...

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Tennis: Kyrgios reaches the Wimbledon fourth round against Nadal

Relief: Nick Kyrgios celebrates after beating Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic.

Linda Pearce An excellent Wimbledon adventure continues for Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios, who followed-up his extraordinary defeat of Richard Gasquet with a more straightforward march past young Czech rival...

Nick Kyrgios believes he can beat Rafael Nadal in Round of 16 at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce When Nick Kyrgios says he can beat Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon fourth round, he believes it, for that is his nature, and one of his great strengths.

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Nick Kyrgios hailed by tennis world after epic Wimbledon win

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Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios is a potential grand slam champion headed for the world’s top five, according to Richard Gasquet, the man across the net from the young Australian who enthralled Wimbledon with his...

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Nick Kyrgios, the rock star of Australian tennis, aims to keep steady beat in Rafa clash

Power and passion: Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Coach Simon Rea does not watch his rock star pupil's slightly cocky swagger, and flashy look-at-me pizzaz, and wish he was seeing something more restrained.

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Rod Laver says Nick Kyrgios will not beat Rafael Nadal

The hard-hitting Nick Kyrgios has all the weapons to be a star, Scott Draper says.

Linda Pearce Rod Laver will have none of this talk about Nick Kyrgios as a future top-five player or major championship winner.

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Rod Laver says Nick Kyrgios will not beat Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Rod Laver will have none of this talk about Nick Kyrgios as a future top-five player or major championship winner.

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Big changes for Nick Kyrgios after Wimbledon as star flags split with coach

Time for a change: Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios will make major changes to a winning formula despite his breakout grand slam performance by splitting immediately but amicably with his Tennis Australia coach Simon Rea, the man who has...

Nick Kyrgios knocks Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in four sets

Nadal and Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Australia's world number 144 Nick Kyrgios caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations when he sent world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock defeat.

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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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Woodbridge predicts Kyrgios scalp

Nick Kyrgios during a 2013 Boys' Singles match at Wimbledon.

Linda Pearce If not now, then shortly. If not at Wimbledon, then probably at the US Open. Three years ago Bernard Tomic translated the junior hype into his first - still only - senior grand slam quarter-final,...

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Australians draw winnable first rounds at Wimbledon

A general view of Wimbledon as qualifying matches were in progress.

Linda Pearce Winnable first rounds for Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon could precede far more difficult assignments in the second for three of Australia’s 11 main draw players,...