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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Pat Rafter puts his faith in teenage duo for Davis Cup play-off

Linda Pearce Only upside seen in the selection of teenagers Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Davis Cup ban turns up the heat on Tomic

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce EXCLUSIVE Bernard Tomic suspended from Australia's opening Davis Cup tie in Taiwan next season.

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Tomic dropped from Davis Cup tie after slack attitude

Tomic

Linda Pearce BERNARD TOMIC has been suspended from Australia's opening Davis Cup tie in Taiwan next season as the estrangement between the country's most talented young player and the tennis establishment spills...

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Tomic and Hewitt take Australia to 2-0 Davis Cup lead

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce, Geelong Australia needs just one point from the final three matches of its Davis Cup zone group tie to advance past China to a second round appointment with either Korea or Taiwan in April, after Bernard...

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Tomic pushed in Davis Cup win

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce, Brisbane Australia will take a predictable, yet hard-fought, 2-0 lead into the final day of its Davis Cup tie against a depleted but spirited South Korea, with Matt Ebden's victory in his first live rubber...

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Aussies steady to reach Davis Cup playoffs

Chris Guccione and Marinko Matosevic

Linda Pearce, Brisbane Australia has booked a place in the Davis Cup world group playoffs for the third consecutive year despite dropping the first set of the Asia/Oceania zone tie against South Korea during today's...

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Aussies complete Davis Cup 5-0 sweep

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce, Brisbane Australia has completed a 5-0 sweep of its Asia/Oceania zone group tie against South Korea, with Bernard Tomic and substitute Marinko Matosevic cleaning up the two reverse singles rubbers in...

Ashleigh Barty gives no hint of return after walking away from tennis

Ash Barty.

Linda Pearce Australia's finest young female tennis prospect, Ashleigh Barty, will take an indefinite break from the game.

Lay off Jasika, says 'big brother' Nick Kyrgios

Australian tennis player Omar Jasika speaks to the media at Melbourne Park this week.

Linda Pearce The price of fame: when new US Open junior champion Omar Jasika makes his ATP debut as a wildcard entry at next week's Malaysian Open, Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic will be beside him.

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Serving it up: US Open junior title winner Omar Jasika.

Linda Pearce Barely 12 months ago, Omar Jasika was not the poster boy for the junior game in Australia. He was showing signs of becoming something of a problem child.

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Testing times for injury-prone Nick Kyrgios require attitude shift, says Pat Rafter

Nick Kyrgios has been selected as Australia’s second player for the tie against Uzbekistan.

Linda Pearce Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has warned that potentially challenging times lie ahead for Australian wonderboy Nick Kyrgios.

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Lleyton Hewitt will play in the Australian Open despite US Open defeat

Returning: Lleyton Hewitt will play at the Australian Open next year.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's latest US Open may be over, but his grand slam career is not, with the dual major champion intending to make at least one more competitive visit to Melbourne Park next January, and...

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Nick Kyrgios ready to make a brand new start of it in New York

Master blaster: Nick Kyrgios playing in a Canadian Open match against Andy Murray.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios loves New York. The city that never sleeps is the ideal fit for the teenaged showman whose remarkable senior tennis awakening came recently on the sedate lawns of the All England Club.

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Tomics: we weren't dumped by IMG and are not threatened by Nick Kyrgios

John Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic’s father and coach, John, has vigorously challenged reports that his son was dumped by his long-time management company, IMG, claiming the Tomics instigated the recent contractual...

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Thanasi Kokkinakis keen to match mate Nick Kyrgios' feats on court

Rising star: Australian young gun Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Linda Pearce Thanasi Kokkinakis admits he was envious of what his great mate Nick Kyrgios achieved at Wimbledon last month.

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Nick Kyrgios v Richard Gasquet: tyro versus veteran

Love the green stuff: Nick Kyrgios belts a backhand in his win over Stephane Robert.

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

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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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Lleyton Hewitt, interrupted, at Wimbledon

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Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt clinging to the hope of reaching a 10th, perhaps last, Wimbledon third round, when play was suspended by drizzling rain.