Arthur Worth "Bud" Collins, Jr.
(born June 17
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
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
. From 1968-72, 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
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. 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.
Collins was hired by ESPN2 on August 7, 2007. He currently teams with onetime NBC partner Dick Enberg on the network's Wimbledon, French Open, and Australian Open coverage. He has also covered the US Open for XM Satellite Radio.
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.
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.
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.
In 2006, made a cameo appearance as himself in the episode Spelling Bee of the television show Psych.
His papers are housed currently at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.
- Laver, Rod; Bud Collins (1971). The Education of a Tennis Player. Simon & Schuster.
- Collins, Bud; Rod Laver (1973). Rod Laver's Tennis Digest. Follett.
- Goolagong, Evonne; Bud Collins (1975). Evonne! On the Move. Dutton.
- Collins, Bud; Zander Hollander (1980). Bud Collins' Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis. Doubleday.
- Collins, Bud (1989). My Life with the Pros. E.P. Dutton.
- Collins, Bud; Zander Hollander (1994). Bud Collins' Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis. Gale Research.
- Collins, Bud; Zander Hollander (1997). Bud Collins' Tennis Encyclopedia. 3rd Edition, Visible Ink Press.
- Collins, Bud; Zander Hollander (1998). Bud Collins' Tennis Encyclopedia. Gale.
- Collins, Bud (2003). Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia. Sports Media Pub..