Noted tennis journalist Bud Collins dies aged 86

Fri Mar 4, 2016 4:14pm EST
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(Reuters) - Hall of Fame tennis writer and TV commentator Bud Collins, who helped popularize the sport during his decades-long career, died at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts on Friday after a long illness. He was 86.

Collins, an enthusiastic chronicler of tennis who brightened the scene with his trademark bow-ties and colorful trousers, began his career at the Boston Globe in 1963 and became one of the sport's preeminent and foremost authorities.

He later moved into television commentary at the sport's biggest events and treated tennis fans to his colorful prose by authoring three novels.

Collins was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994.

"RIP Bud such a passionate guy about our sport of tennis, he will be truly missed hope they have big matches upstairs," Brad Gilbert, tennis player turned broadcaster, tweeted.

Last year, the United States Tennis Association named the media center at the U.S. Open site in Flushing Meadows in his honor. The inscription on the plaque reads: "Journalist, Commentator, Historian."

The Boston Globe ran a tribute to Collins on Friday that included an excerpt from his first prominent appearance in the paper, a December 1963 article from Adelaide, Australia, where he was on assignment covering the Davis Cup.

"This is another world," Collins wrote, "where Christmas comes in the Summertime, the Davis Cup matches come the day after Christmas, and both events have achieved such spectacular acceptance that they are regarded almost as seriously as beer drinking."

Beyond his tennis and travel columns for the Globe, and countless network television hours covering the sport, Collins also wrote a reference tome entitled, "The Bud Collins History of Tennis."   Continued...

Tennis Hall of Fame member Bud Collins (L) is helped up by fellow Tennis Hall of Famer Owen Davidson as he greets the crowd gathered for the Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island in this file July 13, 2013 photo. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi