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Legendary tennis journalist Bud Collins dead at 86

4 March 2016 Entertainment News

4E Sports Staff

NY, NY, United States (NewsBahn) – Legendary tennis journalist Bud Collins, famous for his work on television and in print media, died at 86 Friday.

The colorful dresser and passionate follower of the sport began working for NBC and CBS in the late 1960's.

Collins was a one-of-a-kind personality who will be missed in promoting the sport.

"The USTA is deeply saddened by the passing of legendary tennis journalist Bud Collins," read a statement from the USTA that was released Friday. "Bud was larger than life, and his countless contributions to the sport helped to make it the global success that it is today. Bud was a mentor to many, and a friend to many more. Our sport was most fortunate to be associated with a man of such character and class, and we were privileged to have had the chance to honor his lasting legacy to the sport by naming the US Open Media Center in his honor last year. He will be sorely missed by all of us who loved him — and by the sport he loved so dearly."

The ex-player is survived by his wife, the photographer Anita Ruthling Klaussen .