RIP Bud Collins

The Tennis Curmudgeon

Bud was a great guy not just for tennis but for anyone who ever met him. I don’t think I ever met anyone who didn’t have fun around him.

Requiescat in pace, Bud.

After my tennis days I covered the game for a time. Bud was often around and was easy to find because there would always be laughter. One week the tournament was at a very upscale tennis club. Some time in the middle of the week when matches are few and we’re all looking for something to do some of the guys in the press box wanted to see if I still had any game left.

We repaired to a court behind one of the grandstands. Being an upscale tennis club, as mentioned earlier, we had champagne on the court. Literally on the court. Tiny plastic champagne glasses (the club knew better than to give us real…

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