BOSTON (CBS) – Bud Collins, a tennis historian and American voice of a competition in imitation and on TV for decades, has died. He was 86.
His wife, Anita Ruthling Klaussen, pronounced in a write talk that Collins died Friday during home in Brookline, Massachusetts, after pang from Parkinson’s illness and dementia.
Inducted into a International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994, Collins was obvious for artistic actor nicknames and turns of word that were as colorful as his heading crawl ties and one-of-a-kind pants combined from cloth he collected around a world.
Collins contributed to tennis’ recognition and paved a approach for journal reporters relocating into broadcasting, apropos a informed face to U.S. radio audiences waking adult for “Breakfast during Wimbledon” on NBC. Collins spent 35 years on that network’s annual coverage from a All England Club and also worked as a tennis researcher for PBS, CBS, ESPN and Tennis Channel.
“A fable and a lady with a singular style, Bud’s research and on-court interviews were must-see TV for millions of American tennis fans,” NBC Sports pronounced in a matter Friday.
“SCRIBBLER AND A BABBLER”
Arthur “Bud” Collins was innate on Jun 17, 1929, in Lima, Ohio, and went to Baldwin-Wallace College, followed by connoisseur propagandize during Boston University. He coached tennis during Brandeis University, worked for a Boston Herald, afterwards began essay for a Boston Globe in 1963.
Collins described himself as a “scribbler and a babbler,” and he mastered both forms. His essay impression was unique, filled with illusory adjectives and good metaphors, spot-on references to art and history.
Among a monikers he’s credited with bestowing on star tennis players: “Fraulein Forehand” for Steffi Graf, and “Sisters Sledgehammer” for Venus and Serena Williams.
He also wrote about other sports, including ball and boxing.
When Collins was inducted into a tennis hall, he quipped: “I’ve been unresolved around there so much, they figured they had to let me in.”
Collins authored several books, including “Bud Collins’ Tennis Encyclopedia,” and won a Red Smith Award for sports broadcasting presented by The Associated Press Sports Editors in 1999. The National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame inducted Collins in 2002.
The International Tennis Writers Association hands out a Bud Collins Award to commend assistance to a media.
Last September, a U.S. Tennis Association named a Grand Slam tournament’s press room a “Bud Collins U.S. Open Media Center” to respect him.
In a matter Friday, a USTA said: “Bud was incomparable than life, and his large contributions to a competition helped to make it a tellurian success that it is today. Bud was a coach to many, and a crony to many more. Our competition was many advantageous to be compared with a male of such impression and class. … He will be sorely missed by all of us who desired him — and by a competition he desired so dearly.”
REACTION FROM TENNIS WORLD
Reaction from around a tennis universe poured in.
“Few people have had a chronological significance, a durability impact and a utter adore for tennis as Bud Collins,” Billie Jean King said. “He was an superb journalist, an interesting broadcaster and as a historian he never let us forget or take for postulated a abounding story of a sport.”
Martina Navratilova wrote on Twitter: “RIP Bud Collins- Dear Bud- we valid we can be a good human, a good charitable a universe category contributor during a same time- many love…”
Chris Evert wrote: “Integrity, passion, intelligence,wit,compassion…. Friend… I, like many, will skip we terribly.”
Collins’ survivors embody a daughter, 7 stepchildren and 11 grandchildren, according to Klaussen.
Klaussen pronounced a commemorative use is designed for Jun during Trinity Church, followed by a accepting during a Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center during Boston University, where his papers are held.
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