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Bud Collins
Bud Collins on May 2008 in NY.jpg
Born (1929-06-17) June 17, 1929 (age 85)
Lima, Ohio
Occupation Sports Columnist
TV Commentator

Arthur Worth "Bud" Collins, Jr. (born June 17, 1929 in Lima, Ohio) is an American journalist and television sportscaster, best known for his tennis commentary. Collins is married to photographer Anita Ruthling Klaussen.


Collins is a 1947 graduate of Berea High School in Berea, Ohio and a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After his U.S. Army service, Collins decided to attend Boston University graduate school. From 1959–1963 he served as the tennis coach at Brandeis University, where one of his players was Abbie Hoffman.

Career as a journalist[edit]

Collins started writing for the Boston Herald as a sportswriter while he was a student at Boston University. In 1963, he moved to the Boston Globe and also began doing tennis commentary for Boston's Public Broadcasting Service outlet, WGBH. From 1968 to 1972, he worked for CBS Sports during its coverage of the US Open tournament, moving to NBC Sports in 1972 to work that network's Wimbledon coverage. He also teamed with Donald Dell to call tennis matches for PBS television from 1974 to 1977.

For several years with the Boston Globe, he was a general and political columnist. In 1967, he was a candidate for mayor of Boston.

During the 2007 Wimbledon tournament, Collins announced that NBC had chosen not to renew his contract and was letting him go.[1] Collins had covered tennis for the network for 35 years. He insisted that he had no plans to retire and would continue to cover tennis for the Boston Globe.[2] On July 8, 2007, the final day of the tournament, fellow Globe sportswriter Bob Ryan, on the ESPN TV show The Sports Reporters, ridiculed NBC for this decision. He said the 78-year-old Collins "still has his fastball" and praised the Globe for retaining Collins.

Collins was hired by ESPN on August 7, 2007. He currently teams with onetime NBC partner Dick Enberg on the network's Wimbledon, US Open, French Open, and Australian Open coverage.[3] He has also covered the US Open for XM Satellite Radio.

In 1999, Collins was honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, who awarded him the Red Smith Award, which is America’s most prestigious sports writing honor.

Playing career[edit]

Although Collins has described himself as a "hacker", he is an accomplished tennis player in his own right. He won the U.S. Indoor mixed doubles championship (with Janet Hopps) in 1961, and was a finalist in the French Senior doubles (with Jack Crawford) in 1975.

Other activities[edit]

Collins has written several books, including The Education of a Tennis Player (with Rod Laver, 1971), Evonne! On the Move (with Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 1974), and a memoir, My Life With the Pros (1989). He has also produced several tennis encyclopedias, including The Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis, the Bud Collins Tennis Encyclopedia, and Total Tennis.

In 1992, Collins was the host of the 116th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on the USA Network.[4]

In 1994, Collins was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Collins' trademark is his donning of bow ties and "loud" pants, which he has custom-made from unique fabrics he collects while traveling for work. According to Bud's website, all of his pants are fashioned by tailor Charlie Davidson in his Andover Shop in Cambridge, MA.

During telecasts, Collins would often make reference to his fictitious "Uncle Studley," as well as a fanciful dandy known as Fingers Fortescue.

In 2006, he made a cameo appearance as himself in the episode "Spellingg Bee" for the television show Psych.

His papers and manuscripts are housed currently at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Hiestand (2007-07-05). "Collins will call final Wimbledon for NBC". USA Today. 
  2. ^ Larry Stewart (2007-07-09). "Collins makes exit from NBC". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "Collins to be reunited with Enberg on ESPN's tennis coverage". ESPN.com. 2007-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Search Results". 1992-02-10. 
  5. ^ Contemporary Collections

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Roanoke Times
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:33:45 -0700

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Junior Hunter Wills; son, Ernest H. Wills Sr.; and her brother, William Bud Collins. She is survived by one grandson, Ernest "Grump" Wills and wife, Veronica, of Bozoo; one ...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:15:59 -0700

When Ashe won the first U.S. championship of the Open era at Forest Hills, Bud Collins and Jack Kramer called four hours of action over two days. (Virginia Wade won the women's final over Billie Jean King, for whom the entire National Tennis Center now ...
Midland Daily News
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:37:30 -0700

Among the photos is one showing the 1951 softball team that includes, among others, Dick Dudzik, Bud Collins, Jack Kett, Bob Wright, Jim Cole, Roy Weaver, and brothers Pat and Jimmy Walsh. Especially unique is a series of photos showing the pouring of ...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0700

As Bud Collins reported in Sports Illustrated in 1993, nearly all of the top American male players were in the military at the time, and the tournament was compressed into just six days so that players who could get leave wouldn't have to use too much ...
Baltimore Sun
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:15:00 -0700

Her mother, Margot, got nervous during her matches and usually spent the time doing needlepoint. Her dad, Sam, watched from the highest corner of then-center court, Louis Armstrong Stadium. “I remember [famed tennis writer] Bud Collins climbing all the ...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:23:01 -0700

My dad studied tennis bibles written by Rod Laver, Bud Collins and Harry Hopman, and taught himself the rest through years of little victories and mistakes. He liked natural gut string, one-handed backhands, the serve-and-volley, the chip-and-charge ...
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:27:53 -0700

... or Novak Djokovic wins the event, it will mark 37 of the last 39 majors claimed by the Big Four. • Even with wild cards, there are more French and Spanish men in the main draw than there are Americans. • Send good get-well-soon vibes to Bud Collins.

New York Times

New York Times
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:52:44 -0700

North of the Mets-Willets Point stop of the No. 7 subway line and the Long Island Rail Road, there is a standard written language: When the second baseman, the shortstop and the first baseman combine for a double play at Citi Field, reporters in the ...

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