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Bud Collins
Bud Collins on May 2008 in NY.jpg
Born (1929-06-17) June 17, 1929 (age 84)
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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31 news items

Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:32:12 -0700

Irving C. "Bud" Collins Jr. Enlarge Photo. STOUGHTON - Irving C. "Bud" Collins Jr., age 96, passed away on April 2, 2014, at Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Aug. 24, 1917, in Stoughton, the son of Irving and Emma (Quam) Collins.

New York Daily News

New York Daily News
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:52:30 -0700

Announcer Bud Collins' next words rang in my ears. “That's not bad for four days' work.” Book cover: Black and White by Richard Williams with Bart Davis "BLACK AND WHITE: The Way I See I," by Richard Williams with Bart Davis. I didn't think it was ...
World Tennis Magazine
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:33:45 -0700

NewChapterMedia.com) is also the publisher of “The Greatest Tennis Matches of All-Time” by Steve Flink, “The Education of a Tennis Player” by Rod Laver with Bud Collins, “Macci Magic: Extracting Greatness From Yourself And Others” by Rick Macci with ...
Worcester Business Journal
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:05:30 -0700

"We are delighted by the combination of strengths of the two companies," said Bud Collins, president of A123 Energy Solutions. "Combining our experience in the grid storage space with the world's leading utilities and power producers, NEC's strength in ...
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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:52:30 -0700

“This marks A123 Energy's first deployment in Japan, and is also one of the largest behind-the-meter installations we've done to date,” said Bud Collins, President of A123 Energy. “Here we've been able to show that the product line can be used for ...


Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:39:13 -0700

The youngest of the eight quarterfinalists at 23, Wozniacki -- "The Golden Retriever," as Bud Collins dubbed her -- is a wonderful defender but her offense is sometimes nonexistent. Her ranking has fallen to No. 18, but she can still beat lesser players.

El Imparcial.com

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:05:57 -0700

Por si fuera poco, también innovó en este deporte, pues de acuerdo con el cronista Bud Collins, fue Osuna quien creo la ahora llamada formación "I", táctica en dobles, en la cual el jugador que no está al saque se acomoda justo en la línea intermedia y ...

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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:33:45 -0700

"Estamos encantados de la combinación de fuerzas de las dos compañías", dijo Bud Collins, director general de A123 Energy Solutions. "Combinando nuestra experiencia en el espacio de almacenamiento de la red con los productores de servicios y ...

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