Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon has worked at The Age since 1995, initially as deputy sports editor, subsequently as editor of the Saturday and Sunday Age sports sections, and since 2007 as a senior sports writer. He writes extensively on the AFL, and has also covered the Beijing Olympics and Delhi Commonwealth Games.


As tournaments go, they just don't get any hotter

Peter Hanlon Mother Nature provided the biggest controversy at the 2014 Australian Open.


Zac Shaw turns his back on the bike in search of a life

Zac Shaw at work in Colac

Peter Hanlon Zac Shaw had just returned home from becoming a junior world champion for the second year running when he drove down Colac's main street and saw a group of old school mates.


Venus Williams in transit as form swings to first-round exit

Still a force: Venus Williams.

Peter Hanlon Venus Williams undone by eight double faults and 56 unforced errors.

Australian Open tennis: Players at low risk from heat effect, says medico

Peter Hanlon The eccentric reading of Australian Open weather conditions means play could continue through Melbourne's seemingly annual tennis heatwave, but while organisers prepare for a negative effect on...

Tennis hot shots can keep playing at the Australian Open despite the rising temperatures

Australian Open 2015- hot weather pic. 13th of January 2014.  The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Peter Hanlon The eccentric reading of Australian Open weather conditions means play could continue through Melbourne's seemingly annual tennis heatwave, but while organisers brace for a negative impact on crowds,...


Simona Halep's rise in rankings all her own work

Simona Halep during her win at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

Peter Hanlon Simona Halep finished 2013 as the most improved player on the women's tour.


Extreme heat proves too much for Canadian player Frank Dancevic

Canadian Frank Dancevic

Peter Hanlon Canadian Frank Dancevic knew he was in trouble when he saw Snoopy. 'I was starting to hallucinate a bit towards the end of the first set.'

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Nikolay Davydenko faces harsh reality of tennis at the top

Anguish: Nikolay Davydenko feels the pressure in his match against Richard Gasquet.

Peter Hanlon Not so long ago, Nikolay Davydenko got the red carpet treatment of the tennis elite.

Fans bake and players ache as Australian Open furnace stokes flames of unrest

Andy Murray

Peter Hanlon Andy Murray's dire prediction that someone could have a heart attack in the heat didn't fall on deaf ears at one of Melbourne Park's newest spectator areas on Wednesday.


Truth not always black and white

Camila Giorgi from Italy

Peter Hanlon Camila and Sergio Giorgi dismiss reports of dubious dealings, writes Peter Hanlon.


Australian junior tennis a melting pot

Naiktha Bains

Peter Hanlon Behind Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis a multicultural melting pot is on the rise.


Dimitrov plans to single-handedly rise to the top

Grigor Dimitrov plays a one-handed backhand.

Peter Hanlon Many are convinced Grigor Dimitrov won't simply make up the numbers but rise all the way to the top.


As the screams die away, Radwanska is semi ready

Agnieszka Radwanska.

Peter Hanlon Change is afoot as Agnieszka Radwanska aims for the next step.


Top soccer player Sally Shipard continues to fight an eating disorder

Peter Hanlon For most of Sally Shipard's stellar career, she has been haunted by an insidious disease.

From struggle town to tour star, Stacey's worth her salt

Stacey Keating on her way to the French Open title.

Peter Hanlon Stacey Keating, who used to practise by car headlights, triumphs on the world golf stage.

Stoic Lyle faces his greatest challenge

Long road back: Tournament golf may be two years away for Jarrod Lyle.

Peter Hanlon Tuesday was the first time Jarrod Lyle set foot on a golf course since February.

Djokovic, Murray head of the class

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray

Peter Hanlon WHEN Paul-Henri Mathieu first stood on the other side of the net from a world No.1, it was Pete Sampras.

The body of evidence: now Murray muscles in

Andy Murray

Peter Hanlon AFTER another lamentable afternoon of the 1989 Ashes series, England captain David Gower was so exasperated to be fielding the same question asked yet another tedious way that he let his head fall...

Par for the course: Wozniacki content to do her own thing

Australian Open 2013 Tennis Day 4, Melbourne, Caroline Wozniacki as she plays Donna Vekic on Hisense Arena. 17th January 2013 Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Peter Hanlon Caroline Wozniacki walked onto Hisense Arena on Thursday just as her boyfriend, Rory McIlroy, was playing the second hole of his opening round at the HSBC Championships in Abu Dhabi.


Wozniacki just wants to have fun

Caroline Wozniacki

Peter Hanlon Through no fault of her own, the Dane occupies an odd place in the game.