A tribute to the great Bud Collins and his influence on Tennis!
I received this exclusive photo from Bud Collins family at the 2013 US Open this weekend and wanted to share it with you. Pictured here are Bud Collins in all his glory, his son and grandson! Some of you remember Bud was the voice of tennis in the 70s. 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 teamed with Donald Dell to call tennis matches for PBS television from 1974 to 1977.
Collins was hired by ESPN on August 7, 2007. He currently teams with onetime NBC partner Dick Enberg on the network’s Wimbledon, US Open, French Open, and 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 sports writing honor.
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.
Please visit his official website http://budcollinstennis.com/