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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Todd Woodbridge takes up new role with Tennis Australia

Todd Woodbridge.

Linda Pearce Todd Woodbridge is no longer a contender for Tennis Australia's vacant high performance director's role.

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Nick Kyrgios success reminds Pat Cash of Mark Philippoussis

Mark Philippoussis celebrates his upset win over Pete Sampras 6-4, 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-3).

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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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.

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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.

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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...

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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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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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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Hard road ahead for Australians at French Open

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Linda Pearce The last Australian champion in Paris was Margaret Court in 1973, and it seems wildly optimistic to suggest that the long, long wait will end this year.

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Marinko Matosevic hopes 13 is lucky charm

Marinko Matosevic will play his first-round match in the French Open on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic's celebration, if and when there finally is one, should really be something.

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Darren Cahill rules himself out of Tennis Australia job

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Linda Pearce While Australia is still lacking a player in the men's top 40, it also remains without a head of its high performance program, with Darren Cahill having ruled himself out of contention.

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In future, Dokic may call the shots

Linda Pearce Tther than a Hopman Cup broadcast booth, where to now for Jelena Dokic?

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Melbourne is the new home of the Tomics

Sara Tomic.

Linda Pearce Shift from Gold Coast apparently has more to do with development of emerging junior Sara.

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Sam Stosur appoints Miles Maclagan as tennis coach

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's productive end to her first season outside the top 15 has finished with the coaching appointment of Miles Maclagan.

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Jelena Dokic back to reignite her prodigal star

Linda Pearce Depite Dokic's tumultuous history, the former No. 4 hopes to play at the Australian Open.

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Roche serves up Tomic training invite and urges hard work

Linda Pearce Renowned Australian coach Tony Roche has issued an open invitation to Bernard Tomic to join pre-season training at Lleyton Hewitt's Sydney home, while stressing the need for the 21-year-old to make a...

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Tomic warned over outburst

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic's use of racquet as gardening fork prompts more than just a $2500 fine.

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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.

Eagle gets nod as coach

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Linda Pearce, Brisbane Queenslander appointed Davis Cup coach as part of a strategic overhaul.