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. 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
coverage. He also teamed with Donald Dell
to call tennis matches for PBS
television from 1974-77.
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... Read More