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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Fit Roger Federer says he's keen to play and do his charity show

Linda Pearce Roger Federer has felt no after-effects from his hot and busy week

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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.

Tomic pulls out of US Open doubles

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic's limp singles loss at the US Open has been followed by a doubles withdrawal, a virus prompting the Queenslander to retire from his second round match with Davis Cup teammate Chris...

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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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Slim pickings for Newcombe Medal judges

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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.

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Party boy Bernard Tomic ready to knuckle down for Australian Open

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Night owl declares himself ready to submit to the daily discipline of a pre-season.

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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.

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No rift with coach: Tomic

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Linda Pearce, Shanghai Tomic has dismissed reports of a rift, and rumours of a strained relationship with Pat Rafter.

Stosur stumbles at first outing after op

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Linda Pearce, Phil Lutton PERHAPS by belatedly revealing her secret November ankle surgery on the eve of the Brisbane International, Sam Stosur was buying a little public understanding should the early stages of her...

Eagle gets nod as coach

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

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Hewitt to counsel Tomic over boycott

Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt plans to speak with Bernard Tomic about the Queenslander's decision to boycott Australia's second Davis Cup tie this year, and perhaps prompt a rethink.

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Hewitt plans to reach high with 'Looch' at his side

Kooyong Classic. Lleyton Hewitt as he plays Milos Raonic.9 January 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Linda Pearce LLEYTON HEWITT will spend the year travelling with his pal Peter Luczak, the promoted hitting partner who will effectively co-coach the dual grand slam champion in tandem with the more stay-at-home...

The home stretch

Reaching out: Lleyton Hewitt stretches for a shot at Kooyong on Wednesday.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt gets ready to look towards the day when he will finally call it quits.

Lleyton keen to bring Tomic back to cup

Bernard Tomic plays Florian Mayer of Germany at the Sydney International on Wednesday.

Linda Pearce In tit-for-tat with Rafter, Tomic declares he will not be back until world group play-off round.

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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.

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Human headline, talent to Bern

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Linda Pearce Linda Pearce talks to Australia's most topical player, a rare talent with an uncanny knack for finding controversy.

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Tomic determined to do the team thing in cup challenge

Davis Cup vs South Korea dinkus

Linda Pearce Tomic is hoping to leave behind the peripheral controversies that have made recent headlines.

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Laver laments Australia's demise

Rod Laver.

Linda Pearce, London Rod Laver is sad to see how far Australian tennis has fallen, to the point where there was no third-round singles presence at Wimbledon for the first time since 1939.