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Bud Collins (1929 - 2016)

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Bud Collins (1929 - 2016)

Bud Collins, the former newspaper journalist known best as a TV sportscaster who delivered color commentary for tennis tournaments on NBC and ESPN, has died.

Collins, who died Friday at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts, was 86. No cause of death was reported.

Born Arthur Worth Collins June 17, 1929, in Lima, Ohio, he graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College. He also joined the U.S. Army.

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He coached tennis at Brandeis University from 1959 to 1963. His journalism career started at the Boston Herald while studying at Boston University. In 1963, he began working for the Boston Globe and provided color commentary on tennis on the side for a local Public Broadcasting Service station.

Collins went on to cover tennis for CBS Sports for four years. He covered Wimbledon for NBC Sports in 1972, remaining with NBC for 35 years. After NBC dropped him in 2007, he began covering tennis on ESPN. At ESPN, he covered all of the major tennis tournaments with Dick Enberg, his former partner when they were at NBC.

ESPN praised the sportscaster, who was known for his colorfully zany outfits, in a tweet: "More than the massive impact Bud Collins had on tennis, we'll miss the kind person he was."

Although he described his tennis-playing abilities in a self-deprecating manner – he called himself a "hacker" – Collins was a skilled tennis player. Along with Janet Hopps, Collins won the 1961 U.S. indoor mixed doubles championship. He also joined Jack Crawford in 1975 when they were finalists in the French senior doubles tournament.

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