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...

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Nick Kyrgios chases more nights to remember

Magic: Kyrgios at the Australian Open.

Linda Pearce While Nick Kyrgios admits it must seem as if the highs in his young career have far outweighed the lows, he also knows how it feels to be homesick, to move between lonely hotel rooms, to miss his...

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Pat Cash: Bernard Tomic needs a break

Exit: Bernard Tomic after losing in Florida last week.

Linda Pearce Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash believes Bernard Tomic's longer-term tennis interests and mental health would be best served by the controversial 21-year-old taking an extended break from the game.

Bernard Tomic could lose financial muscle

Linda Pearce Tomic's relationship with the public and the new kids on the block may cost him.

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Special Ks 'pose threat to Tomic'

Australia's Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic could soon feel the hip-pocket pain of endorsement loss to match his teetering relationship with the Australian public.

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The future of Australian tennis arrives in the nick of time

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios has the 'X factor', along with the power, the athleticism to be great.

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How Stanislas Wawrinka failed at becoming a failure

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce Stanislas Wawrinka had faltered 14 times in a row against Novak Djokovic. Not this time.

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Celebrations won't stop the fireworks on court

Foot Faults dink for Australian Open

Linda Pearce and Emma Quayle After lengthy negotiations the Australia Day fireworks will be moved 3.5 kilometres down the road.

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Wawrinka joins famous faces on Melbourne Park's Champions' Walk

Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Swiss admits that few in his homeland thought he could reach these heights.

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Hewitt still showing the way: Rafter

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Four Australian men have earned direct entry into the main draw for Australian Open, Jordan Thompson has won the play-off wildcard, and two of the remaining invitations have been earmarked for last...

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Lleyton Hewitt reaches his first final in Australia since 2005

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce So often in the past 16 years, the story has been about Lleyton Hewitt's will/fight/heart/grit/determination, and Saturday's courageous 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 semi-final victory over second seed Kei Nishikori...

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Australian Open: hopes high for home-town heroes

Linda Pearce Pat Rafter runs the line over the leading locals eight days before the Australian Open starts.

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Lleyton Hewitt fights back to earn place in final against Roger Federer

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates his win against Kei Nishikori of Japan during their two-and-a-half hour long men's singles semi-final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, January 4, 2014.   REUTERS/Jason Reed  (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Linda Pearce So often in the past 16 years, the story has been about Lleyton Hewitt's will/fight/heart/grit/determination.

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Court speed at Australian Open tennis unchanged, says tournament director Craig Tiley

Linda Pearce Director denies that quicker version of Plexicushion has been ordered for grand slam.