Tennis journalist, historian Bud Collins dies at 86
Mr. Collins's second wife, Mary Lou Barnum, died in 1990.
Bud Collins, the legendary tennis writer and broadcaster died Friday. The National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame inducted Collins in 2002.
"In my lifetime, which ... goes back to radio, there are only two people nationally, sports voices, that dominated their sport for six decades: Don Dunphy in boxing and Bud Collins in tennis", Enberg, 81, said.
Arthur Worth Collins Jr. was born June 17, 1929, in Lima, Ohio. Steffi Graf was "Fraulein Forehand, ' Bjorn Borg was 'the Angelic Assassin" and the hard-serving Venus and Serena Williams were 'Sisters Sledgehammer.' He considered himself the representative of the everyday player, or the hacker, as he put it. Where the journalist truly made a mark was within his chosen sport of tennis, which he also played and coached as well as covered.
Collins, known for his passion for the sport, his larger-than-life personality and his colorful attire, was a tennis authority first in print and then on television.
The flamboyant-dressing Collins actually won the 1961 U.S. Indoor mixed doubles championship with Janet Hopps, and was a finalist in the French Senior doubles with Jack Crawford 14 years later.
Last year, the United States Tennis Association named the media centre at the U.S. Open site in Flushing Meadows in his honour.
In a statement Friday, the USTA said: "Bud was larger than life, and his countless contributions to the sport helped to make it the global success that it is today". The most recent edition of what is now "The Bud Collins History of Tennis" runs to nearly 800 pages. Our sport was most fortunate to be associated with a man of such character and class.... "He brought a bright light and an oasis to the often pressure-filled and ego-oriented world of professional tennis".
"Few people have had the historical significance, the lasting impact and the unqualified love for tennis as Bud Collins", Billie Jean King said. "It was too slippery and he was falling all over the place so I said to him, "Just take off your shoes and play barefoot, you'll have better footing" and he always remembered that".
Collins' survivors include a daughter, seven stepchildren and 11 grandchildren, according to Klaussen. In 1966, Greg Harney, the producer for Boston's Public Broadcasting Service TV station, WGBH, approached Mr. Collins to do commentary for live tennis matches.