It is with great sadness that the tennis fraternity reports the death, on the 6th February, of a member of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association who served for many years on the Committee.
Clive White, 71, known as ‘Chalky’ amongst his colleagues, died peacefully in his daughter Chloe’s home after a long and eventually unsuccessful battle with cancer. Our condolences go out to Chloe, her siblings Phoebe and Elliott, plus the rest of Clive’s family and close friends.
Latterly Clive worked as a freelance journalist with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) supplying their various websites with relevant reports covering the Davis Cup, Fed Cup as well as Juniors, Wheelchair, Seniors and Beach Tennis. In addition, he was a regular contributor to their official magazine, ‘ITF World’ and authored three editions of the ‘Davis Cup Yearbook’ between 2010 and 2012. For a number of years he also wrote the daily notes for the Wimbledon Programme.
Clive joined The Times in 1981 where he rose to Deputy Sports Editor, a position he held between 1982 and 1984. He was also their Deputy Football correspondent and covered three World Cups and two European Championships before leaving in 1991 to join The Independent where he covered both tennis and football. In 1995 he moved to the Sunday Telegraph where he was the tennis correspondent and football writer for 13 years. While there he wrote the columns for John McEnroe and Gary Lineker, as well as co-writing Lineker’s 2010 Word Cup diary.
In 2012, Clive led the Olympic News Service (ONS) team handling the London Olympics at the All England Club and then managed the Paralympic News Service later that year in what proved another successful operation. Two years later he reported for the ONS at the Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia concentrating on cross-country skiing. The following year at the Baku 2015 European Games in Kazakhstan, he covered boxing and karate.
During all that time Clive made many friends along the way, a fact which Paul Newman, former Sports Editor of the Independent, confirmed in his own obituary to Clive. “News of his death, after a long illness, brings back memories both of a colleague who always wanted to do his very best and of one of the most likeable people in sports journalism. As a mutual friend said to me today: ‘Clive was the original Mr Nice Guy.’”
Clive will always be remembered for his warmth and accessibility, his knowledge across a wide range of subjects and sports, as well as his professionalism and attention to detail. He was a popular member of the tennis fraternity and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Born on the 18th December, 1947, Clive’s funeral is due to take place at the West Hertfordshire Crematorium in Watford on the 18th February with all donations going to Cancer Research UK.