Kevin Mitchell Honoured With 2020 Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award


The Guardian’s Kevin Mitchell was recognised with the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award at the Nitto ATP Finals on Thursday. The Australian journalist was nominated by the ATP and voted by his peers to the honour presented by ATP Tour’s SVP of PR & Marketing Nicola Arzani, and John Dolan and Ben Wiseman of LTA.

“I really appreciate the gesture by my peers and the other people in tennis,” Mitchell said. “It’s really nice to be appreciated like that. It’s a really tight-knit sort of world and everyone gets on pretty well, so it was very nice for them to do that.”

Born and educated in Australia, Mitchell’s journalism career sent him to the United Kingdom where he went on to work for Hayters, the London Daily News and the Sunday Times before arriving at the Observer as one of the most prominent boxing writers in the country covering everyone from Muhammad Ali to Mike Tyson. Mitchell won the UK’s Sports Journalist of the Year award in 1999 and he eventually became chief sports writer at the Observer. 

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Mitchell began covering tennis at Wimbledon in the 1980s as a general sportswriter, eventually becoming The Guardian’s boxing and tennis correspondent. Mitchell has also written numerous books, including co-authoring boxer Frank Bruno’s autobiography.



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