Tennis loses an icon — Bud Collins dies at age 86

Bud-CollinsHe’s a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame as a writer and broadcaster — the “preeminent and foremost authority on tennis in the world” according to the Hall — and a legend in his own field as a winner of the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Red Smith Award and a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

He’s Bud Collins — the voice of tennis for more than 50 years — and he died Friday at age 86.

“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,” said Mike Lupica, a New York Daily News columnist, to The Boston Globe, where Collins was a long-time writer. “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.”

And he had tennis cards, too.

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