- Mike Dickson, the Daily Mail’s tennis reporter, has died aged 59
- He was a giant of the industry and worked for the Mail for a total of 33 years
- Footballers paid tribute to Dickson after the sad news was announced
Tim Henman and Rafael Nadal led tributes from across the sporting world to legendary Mail Sport reporter Mike Dickson following his tragic death.
Dickson was a respected and admired journalist who spent 38 years in the service – 33 at the Mail since 1990 – and his loss will be deeply felt by his colleagues.
He previously worked as a cricket reporter for the Mail before moving to tennis and has played 30 different tournaments in nearly 50 countries during his rich career.
Dickson was in Melbourne covering the Australian Open when he died just days before his 60th birthday, on January 27, the news was announced by his family around 11:30PM local time.
And, following the tragic news, several big names in tennis and sports in general paid tribute to Dickson.
Henman, who was devastated by Eurosport’s tribute to Dickson, said: “It is very sad that he has passed away in Melbourne. He was a great friend of the tennis community and our thoughts go out to his family.’
Eurosport director Rachel Stringer added: ‘Our thoughts go out to Mike Dickson’s friends and family and to the entire tennis community who knew him for his great service to the British tennis community in the past.’
Nadal wrote: “So sorry to hear about the death of Mike who has followed tennis all these years. My thoughts to his family and our tennis family for the loss. Rest in peace.’
Dickson’s distinguished career at Wimbledon over the years has seen him dubbed ‘Mr Wimbledon,’ and X’s official account of the match said: ‘All of us at Wimbledon are deeply saddened to hear the news. Mike has participated in many of our tournaments during his amazing journalism career and has brought many stories to many sports fans around the world. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.’
Meanwhile, the Australian Open wrote: ‘We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of our longtime friend Mike. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.’
Former British tennis player and academic Laura Robson said: ‘Devastating news. I can’t believe it. My thoughts are with Mike’s family.’
World No 4 Coco Gauff wrote on Twitter: “So sorry to hear the news. Sending my deepest condolences and may he rest in peace.’
British tennis player Liam Broady also paid tribute, as he shared: ‘I don’t know what to say. A strong, good and fair person. He took care of me when I was very little. Rest in peace Mike.’
Former player Jamie Delgado added: ‘RIP Mike. Bad news is confusing. The world of tennis will be destroyed and we will miss you. A legend of tennis journalism. RIP.’
Anne Keothavong, who was British No 1 at the time she was playing, also said: ‘Worst news. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.’
Former Croatian tennis player Ivan Ljubicic added: ‘There is no way….sad…I can’t believe it.’
Blessings were also extended to Dickson from various sports worlds and fellow journalists.
Piers Morgan shared a message in which he said: ‘So sorry to hear this. Mike was a great reporter. RIP.’
The Sports Journalists’ Association also paid a heartfelt tribute to Dickson, adding: “The SJA sends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mike Dickson. He was well-loved and respected in the industry, spending 33 years with @MailSport, including a stint as a cricket and then tennis reporter. Mike will be greatly missed.’
Former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch added: ‘This is fantastic news. I’m sorry for your loss and sending you and Mike’s friends my love and prayers x.’
Elsewhere, Mail Sport columnist and cricket expert David Lloyd added: ‘Horrible news! Just a wonderful person … so sad.’
Eurosport also shared a moving tribute saying: “This morning we heard the very sad news that legendary British tennis journalist Mike Dickson has died in Melbourne while covering the Australian Open.
“Mike, popularly known as Mr Wimbledon, was a respected and beloved journalist who spent 38 years in the profession and his loss will be felt by the entire tennis community.
‘Our thoughts are with Mike’s family and friends at this sad time.’
The Times’ tennis reporter Stuart Fraser added: ‘A very sad day in Melbourne. We are very scared here. Mike was a great friend and companion on the road. The tennis press room will never be the same.’
Popular journalist and presenter Mark Pougatch shared: ‘So sorry to hear this. Such fond memories of working with him on Ashes Tours on the ground with our boys messing around and batting cricket. It’s always fun to see him in the game afterwards. Comfort and love to you all.’
Everton – who Dickson followed to Tranmere Rovers – shared another heartfelt message with the club writing: ‘Such sad news. Everyone at Everton sends our condolences to Mike’s family. He was a great man who achieved a lot in his work. RIP Mike.’
Tranmere added: “The thoughts of everyone at Tranmere Rovers Football Club are with Mike’s wife and family at this very sad time. RIP Mike.’