The sports journalism community is in deep sorrow following the unexpected and untimely death of Mike Dickson, a highly respected writer for the Daily Mail.
While covering the Australian Open in Melbourne, Dickson tragically collapsed and passed away just before his 60th birthday.
Throughout his remarkable career spanning almost four decades, Mike Dickson established himself as a fixture in press boxes across the globe.
He joined the Daily Mail in 1990 as their cricket correspondent and eventually made a name for himself as an influential voice in the world of tennis.
The devastating news was shared with great sadness through a heartfelt social media post by his wife, Lucy, on behalf of their children – Sam, Ruby, and Joe.
The family’s statement expressed their profound grief at this loss:
“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.”
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.
— Mike Dickson (@Mike_Dickson_DM) January 17, 2024
Daily Mail reported:
Mike Dickson, the Daily Mail’s legendary tennis correspondent, has tragically died at the age of 59.
Dickson was a hugely respected and admired journalist who spent 38 years in the industry – 33 at the Mail having started in 1990 – and his loss will be felt deeply by colleagues.
He previously worked as the Mail’s cricket correspondent before moving over to tennis and covered 30 different sports across nearly 50 countries in total during a rich career.
Dickson was in Melbourne covering the Australian Open when he died an
d a matter of days away from his 60th birthday, on January 27.
He lived in Wimbledon with his family and loved following both Tranmere and Everton having grown up in The Wirral. His wife Lucy announced the news of his passing on X in a joint message with the family.
Dickson’s recent focus on Novak Djokovic’s stance on the COVID-19 vaccine has garnered significant attention.
In a series of articles, Dickson not only questioned Djokovic’s choices but also emphasized the potential consequences they could have on his reputation and legacy.
In one of his pieces, Dickson wrote, “MIKE DICKSON: Novak Djokovic could ruin his chances of becoming the GOAT by refusing to take the vaccine… it is a strange hill to die on for a player who is so desperate to be loved.”
Dickson wrote many articles, insulting Novak, and even said this. Again so grateful that Novak is such a classic act and retweeted Dickson’s death and said rest in peace. I love this man. pic.twitter.com/Any2nQwHsP
— Erin Elizabeth Health Nut News 🙌 (@unhealthytruth) January 20, 2024
In the midst of it all, Novak Djokovic encountered persistent heckling from spectators urging him to “get vaccinated.”
Undeterred, Djokovic showcased his unparalleled skills on the court and silenced his critics by delivering a powerful ace that ultimately secured a commanding three-set triumph over Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
Watching Novak Djokovic serve an Ace after being heckled by the crowd “GET VACCINATED” is incredibly satisfying.
Remember they wouldn’t let the GOAT & one of the fittest persons on the planet play tennis because he refused several doses of an experimental mRNA Gene Therapy for a… pic.twitter.com/2YqMPkTOi5
— Concerned Citizen (@BGatesIsaPyscho) January 20, 2024