The legacy of Bud Collins will continue in his encyclopedic compilation “The Bud Collins History of Tennis,” which is now available in a third edition.
Collins, the most influential and famous journalist in the history of tennis, died on March 6 of this year after 86 colorful, enthusiastic and kind-hearted years of life. Throughout his 59 years of covering tennis from all corners of the world, Collins became the sport’s premier story-teller and historian. Starting in 1980, Collins encyclopedic knowledge was first documented in his “Encyclopedia of Tennis” which has endured through different incarnations from different publishing houses. The current version published by New Chapter Press is titled “The Bud Collins History of Tennis” and is now available in a third edition with information updated through the 2016 U.S. Open. The 796-page book is available where books are sold for $39.95 including on Amazon.com here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1937559386/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_oYEvybKBFJHW8
For the first time ever, the book will also be available in electronic formats including Kindle starting in early 2017.
“I am so pleased that Bud’s life-long work in ‘The Bud Collins History of Tennis’ will continue to endure for more generations to enjoy and treasure,” said Anita Ruthling Klaussen, the wife of Bud Collins. “Under (Publisher) Randy Walker’s wonderful and enthusiastic guidance, we intend to keep Bud’s book going and going and going. It is a wonderful way to honor him!”
“The Bud Collins History of Tennis” is the ultimate compilation of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of every tennis season, biographical sketches of every major tennis personality, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for all the major events. Through his life in tennis, Collins offers insights into the world of professional tennis found from his countless experiences and relationships.
Arthur Worth “Bud” Collins, Jr. was born June 17, 1929, in Lima, Ohio and grew up in Berea (outside of Cleveland) about 50 yards from the dirt tennis courts of Baldwin-Wallace College, from which he graduated in 1951, and where his father had been head coach of football, basketball, baseball and track, as well as athletic director. He moved to Boston in 1954 where he soon joined the sports staff at the Boston Herald, moving to the Boston Globe in 1963. He first covered tennis at the 1956 U.S. Championships, covering the event every year until 2015 when the U.S. Tennis Association officially named the media center at Arthur Ashe Stadium in his honor. In 1963, the year began working for the Boston Globe, Collins ﬁrst did television commentary, covering the U.S. Doubles at Longwood Cricket Club for Boston’s PBS outlet, WGBH, a station that for the next 20 years would pioneer American coverage of the sport. He worked the U.S. Open for CBS from 1968 to 1972, before signing on with NBC in 1972 where he began, perhaps, his signature association as the American voice of Wimbledon until 2007. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994.
Founded in 1987, New Chapter Press (www.NewChapterMedia.com) is also the publisher of “The Greatest Tennis Matches of All-Time” by Steve Flink, “The Secrets of Spanish Tennis” by Chris Lewit, “The Wimbledon Final That Never Was” by Sidney Wood, “The Education of a Tennis Player” by Rod Laver with Bud Collins, “Macci Magic: Extracting Greatness From Yourself And Others” by Rick Macci with Jim Martz, “The Greatest Jewish Tennis Players of All Time” by Sandy Harwitt, “Roger Federer: Quest for Perfection” by Rene Stauffer, “The Days of Roger Federer” by Randy Walker, “Andy Murray, Wimbledon Champion: The Full Extraordinary Story” by Mark Hodgkinson, “Acing Depression: A Tennis Champion’s Toughest Match” by Cliff Richey and Hilaire Richey Kallendorf, “Titanic: The Tennis Story” by Lindsay Gibbs, “Jan Kodes: A Journey To Glory From Behind The Iron Curtain” by Jan Kodes with Peter Kolar, “Tennis Made Easy” by Kelly Gunterman, “On This Day In Tennis History” by Randy Walker (www.TennisHistoryApp.com), “A Player’s Guide To USTA League Tennis” by Tony Serksnis, “Court Confidential: Inside The World Of Tennis” by Neil Harman, “A Backhanded Gift” by Marshall Jon Fisher, “Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games” by Tom Caraccioli and Jerry Caraccioli (www.Boycott1980.com,) “Internet Dating 101: It’s Complicated, But It Doesn’t Have To Be” by Laura Schreffler, “How to Permanently Erase Negative Self-Talk: So You Can Be Extraordinary” by Emily Filloramo, “How To Sell Your Screenplay” by Carl Sautter, “Bone Appetit: Gourmet Cooking For Your Dog” by Suzan Anson, “The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle” by Stewart Wolpin among others.