Arthur Worth "Bud" Collins Jr. (June 17, 1929 – March 4, 2016) was
an American journalist and television sportscaster, best known for his
tennis commentary. Collins was married to photographer Anita Ruthling
Klaussen. Bud has one child, Suzanna(Collins)Mathews and one
grandchild, Laura Mathews.
2 Career as a journalist
3 Playing career
4 Other activities
7 External links
Bud Collins was born June 17, 1929, in Lima, Ohio, and was a 1947
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
From 1959–1963 he served as the tennis coach at Brandeis University,
where one of his players was Abbie Hoffman, class of 1959. Afterward,
Hoffman became a political and social activist. At the time of his
death in 2016, the 1959 team was the only undefeated tennis team in
Career as a journalist
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
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. He also wrote for the paper's "Travel" section,
recommending the best places to visit. In 1967, he was a candidate for
mayor of Boston.
2007 Wimbledon tournament, Collins announced that NBC had
chosen not to renew his contract and was letting him go. 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. 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 was hired by
ESPN on August 7, 2007. He teamed with onetime
Dick Enberg on the network's Wimbledon, US Open, French
Australian Open coverage. 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.
Although Collins has described himself as a "hacker", he was 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.
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
and Total Tennis.
In 1992, Collins was the host of the 116th annual Westminster Kennel
Club Dog Show on the USA Network.
In 1994, Collins was elected to the International
Tennis Hall of Fame.
Collins' trademark was his donning of bow ties and "loud" pants, which
he had custom-made from unique fabrics he collected while traveling
for work. According to Bud's website, all of his pants were fashioned
by tailor Charlie Davidson in his Andover Shop in Cambridge, MA. 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. In September 2015,
in recognition of his years of service to tennis, the media center at
the US Open
Tennis Center was named the
Bud Collins Media Center.
Collins died on March 4, 2016, at age 86.
Bud Collins (1971). The Education of a
Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-20902-7.
Rod Laver (1973). Rod Laver's
Tennis Digest. Follett.
Bud Collins (1975). Evonne! On the Move. Dutton.
Zander Hollander (1980). Bud Collins' Modern
Encyclopedia of Tennis. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-13093-7.
Collins, Bud (1989). My Life with the Pros. E.P. Dutton.
Zander Hollander (1994). Bud Collins' Modern
Encyclopedia of Tennis. Gale Research. ISBN 0-8103-8988-6.
Zander Hollander (1997). Bud Collins' Tennis
Encyclopedia (3rd ed.). Visible Ink Press.
Zander Hollander (1998). Bud Collins' Tennis
Encyclopedia. Gale. ISBN 1-57859-086-8.
Collins, Bud (2003). Total Tennis: The Ultimate
Sports Media Pub. ISBN 0-9731443-4-3.
Collins, Bud (2008). History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopaedia
and Record Book. New Chapter Press. ISBN 978-0942257700.
^ Schudel, Matt (2016-03-04). "Bud Collins, colorful Hall of Fame
tennis commentator, dies at 86". The Washington Post.
ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
^ For Bud Collins,
Tennis Is a Love Game A journalist now synonymous
with the game is honored tonight, Boston University.
Bud Collins Speaking at BU Tonight
^ Michael Hiestand (July 5, 2007). "Collins will call final Wimbledon
for NBC". USA Today.
^ Larry Stewart (July 9, 2007). "Collins makes exit from NBC". Los
^ "Collins and reunited with Enberg on ESPN's tennis coverage".
ESPN.com. August 7, 2007.
^ "Search Results". February 10, 1992.
^ Contemporary Collections Archived October 13, 2008, at the Wayback
^ "U.S. Open media center to be named in honor of Bud Collins". ESPN.
August 5, 2015.
Bud Collins on IMDb
Bud Collins at the International
Tennis Hall of Fame
Bud Collins WGBH Alumni Profile