Tennis writer and sportscaster Bud Collins has died

Bud Collins, who called himself a “scribbler and a babbler,’’ died Friday at his Brookline home.
Bud Collins, who called himself a “scribbler and a babbler,’’ died Friday at his Brookline home. –AP

Bud Collins, the legendary and colorful sportscaster who covered more than half a century of tennis championships, died Friday in his Brookline home. He was 86 years old.

Collins was a tennis writer for The Boston Globe in the early 1960s before he started doing TV commentary. He called himself a “scribbler and a babbler,’’ according to an obituary in Globe.

The bow-tie wearing sportscaster was considered the first sports print journalist to establish a regular TV commentary gig. He wrote an encyclopedia and history of the game. He worked at NBC from 1972 to 2007, hosting his famous “Breakfast at Wimbledon’’ broadcasts. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994.

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“No media figure in history in my mind has ever been as important to one sport as Bud Collins was to the sport of tennis,’’ Mike Lupica, a New York Daily News sports columnist and ESPN commentator, told the Globe. “You can’t minimize it. He became the de facto ambassador to that sport as it was exploding in this country. He educated. He entertained.’’

Read his full obituary in the Globe.

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