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Bud Collins
Bud Collins on May 2008 in NY.jpg
Born (1929-06-17) June 17, 1929 (age 86)
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. he drove the 700 miles from Lima to Boston with "The mission: convince Boston University to let him study journalism. The promise: if accepted, he would be an excellent student." He would not graduate from the College of Communications until 2009.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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 sportswriting honor.

He was inducted in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

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.[6]

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.[7]


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Tennis Magazine

Tennis Magazine
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:38:19 -0700

By 1965, Van Alen, a ukele-playing former captain of the Cambridge (England) tennis team who had grown up with Rembrandts on the walls of his bedroom—Bud Collins dubbed him the “Newport Bolshevik”—had been on a decade-long war against deuces ...


Sun, 19 Jul 2015 05:11:15 -0700

Beginning in 1947, Bud Collins served 12 years on the School Committee, twice as chairman. The senior Collins also worked as a laborer at Chapman Valve. "He was a union guy," Tim said. Later when he was promoted to the executive ranks, the elder ...

Boston Globe

Boston Globe
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:24:35 -0700

Bud Collins — For his sartorial splendor. No one's ever been able to match the legendary Globe tennis scribe's skill for turning a pair of Marriott drapes into a haute couture pair of trousers. Luis Tiant — For his windup and delivery. El Tiante's ...


Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:24:26 -0700

They booed him when he came onto the court," says retired NBC sportscaster Bud Collins. He was calling the match that day at Wimbledon, 35 years ago. "And of course Borg was the gentleman, the stoic Swede, and they played this magical match which ...


Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:05:04 -0700

We definitely were throwing it to him, but we couldn't throw it to him as much to get him his yards because we had Bud Collins, Robert Woods and Marquise Lee. When they were there, we couldn't feature just a tight end because we had dual-threats all ...


Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:30:19 -0700

Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick will end his nearly three-year retirement this week as he partners with Mardy Fish at the ATP Atlanta Open. The American hung up his racket after the 2012 U.S. Open, the scene of his only major victory nine years before.

The Independent

The Independent
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:00:00 -0700

So dominant in her time that the flamboyant American tennis commentator, Bud Collins, reckoned she should be given a league of her own. While Williams is currently on a 24-game win streak, Navratilova's lasted 74 games in 1984. Between 1982-86 she ...

New York Post

New York Post
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:13:18 -0800

... so I can get every game,” Bud Collins told The Post in 2011. “That's where I am, in my chair, watching the game every time Terry is on.” Bud Collins was a competitive softball player for Dow Chemical teams that won two national championships in the ...

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