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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. Afterward, Hoffman became a political and social activist.

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

External links[edit]

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:05:45 -0800

During his career, Fontana said he had the privilege of playing with high-level pitchers such as Bud Collins, Sy Forrester, Jim Petersen, Carl Davenport and George Ivanovich. This era was considered the glory days of fastpitch softball, when the Des ...
Los Angeles Times
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:56:32 -0800

Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, who was the first American woman tennis player to win the Australian Open and went on to a prolific career on the senior circuit, has died. She was 98. Cheney died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Escondido after a period ...
World Tennis Magazine
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:30:00 -0800

The following is an excerpt from The Bud Collins History of Tennis book (new edition in 2015 available for pre-sale here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1937559386/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_0n1Cub1E1J5WB) that explains the history of World Team Tennis.

Bleeding Yankee Blue (blog)

Bleeding Yankee Blue (blog)
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:15:08 -0800

It has Ryan, Dan Shaughnessy, Leigh Montville, Bud Collins, Jackie MacMullan and others telling it like it was about the C's, the B's, the Sox, the Pats, and other local sports moments, ranging from the joyous (the 2004 Sox triumph had just happened ...
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:26:15 -0800

She came to the United States to play tennis and became the queen of Burger King. Two decades later, she left tennis as the queen of the game. It wasn't easy for Martina Navratilova, born a Czechoslovakian but with the heart of an American. It was hard ...
New York Times (blog)
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:00:22 -0700

The big news from the United States Open is that Bud Collins is coming back. Bud's gaudy slacks have not been seen – and his gaudy prose has not been read or heard – since he ruptured a tendon in his left quad during the 2011 Open. It has taken him a ...
New York Times (blog)
Sun, 04 Sep 2011 17:44:27 -0700

Bud Collins had picked out a gaudy purple pair of slacks, with appropriate floral patterns, but he never got to wear them to the United States Open on Sunday. Talk about all the injuries to the players. Collins, 82, who has made tennis so vivid for ...
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:01:32 -0700

Tennis Channel will release next week a new installment of their long running Signature Series. Tennis Channel will celebrate the remarkable life and career of Hall of Fame tennis journalist, broadcaster, personality and historian Bud Collins with ...

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