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Tennis fraternity mourns Mike Dickson after Australian Open demise

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Mike Dickson was a Mail Sport tennis correspondent for 38 years. Photo/Sky Sports
  • ATP Tour and Novak Djokovic have led in condoling the family of Mike Dickson
  • Dickson worked for Mail Sport as a tennis correspondent
  • He passed on at 59, seven years after his ATP Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award

ATP Tour and Novak Djokovic have led in condoling the family of Mike Dickson who passed away at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Dickson worked for Mail Sport as a tennis correspondent with his last day in Melbourne covering the ongoing Grand Slam.

He passed on at 59, and seven years after his ATP Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award in 2016.

Djokovic wrote: “Condolences to Mike Dickson family. Rest in Peace.”

“Very sorry to hear about the passing of Mike who has been following tennis all these years. My thoughts to his family and to our tennis family for the loss. Rest in peace,” Rafael Nadal posted on X.

The Australian Open expressed shock on learning about Dickson’s death.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Mike, our long-standing colleague and friend. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”

Who is Mike Dickson?

Dickson joined The Daily Mail in 1990 and remained a dedicated sports journalist covering a diverse range of sports for the newspaper.

His contributions extended to 30 different sports, and he served as the cricket correspondent for eight years until 2007.

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Mike Dickson. Photo/ATP Tour

He authored several books among them ‘Emma Raducanu: When Tennis Came Home’ published in 2021. Dickson is survived by his wife Lucy and his three children Joe, Ruby and Sam.

Tim Henman who was a close friend was in shock upon learning that Dickson was no more. He appeared visibly shaken by all this.

“It’s incredibly sad that he passed away in Melbourne,’ he said, with his voice cracking. He was a great friend of the tennis community and our thoughts go out to his family,” he said.

Dickson was born in The Wirral and he grew up with a deep affinity for sports. He was a staunch supporter of Everton and Tranmere.

He resided in Wimbledon with his wife and children.

What Killed Mike Dickson?

According to a statement from the family, Dickson who would have turned 60 on January 27 collapsed and passed on in Melbourne. He lived a full life doing what he loved most; covering sports across 50 countries in 38 years.

“We are devastated to announce that our wonderful husband and Dad, Mike, has collapsed and died while in Melbourne for the Aus Open. For 38 years he lived his dream covering sport all over the world. He was a truly great man and we will miss him terribly. Lucy, Sam, Ruby and Joe,” read the statement.

How Did Tennis Community Mourn Mike Dickson?

Coco Gauff wrote: “I am so sorry to hear this news. Sending my deepest condolences and may he rest in peace.”

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Rafael Nadal. Photo/The Times

Tracy Austin who is a former world No 1 said she enjoyed the years she worked together with Mike.

“Heartbroken by this shocking news. Enjoyed working with Mike over the years. Sending condolences to his family,” she condoled.

Boris Becker termed the news of Dickson’s passing as sad given the many years they worked together. Mike was one of the sports correspondents who covered Becker’s matches back in the day when he won three Grand Slams at Wimbledon.

“Terrible news out of Melbourne! My sincere condolences to the family of Mike Dickson, who passed away this morning…RIP Mike,” he posted.

Wimbledon mourned his demise saying that the event will be without one of the most vibrant people. Dickson had been nicknamed ‘Mr Wimbledon’ due to his passionate coverage of the most prestigious tennis event in the UK.

“Mike covered so many of our Championships during his remarkable career in journalism and brought so many stories to so many sports fans around the world. Our thoughts are with his family and friends,” they wrote.

Teresa is a journalist with years of experience in creating web content. She is a wanderlust at heart, but an outgoing sports writer with focus on tennis, athletics, football, motorsports and NBA.

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