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This Bud’s For You

By Richard Osborn
Sunday, September 06, 2015

In honor of the USTA’s decision to name its press facilities in honor of Bud Collins (The Bud Collins US Open Media Center), looks back at 10 quotable gems from the colorful career of the veteran journalist/broadcaster/tennis impresario, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame since 1994.

1. “The Bryans aren’t surface-nervous. Put them on flypaper, peanut brittle, steaming coals, a plowed field.”

2. “Looking like a guy at a fraternity party (green madras Bermudas, polo shirt, baseball cap labeled “G — National Champs”), John Isner is as happy as a keg-tapper.”

3. “My uncle always described an unforced error as his first marriage.”

4. “I'd say he went from punk to paragon.” — On Andre Agassi

5. “Federer left town feeling as though he’d fallen down the Spanish Steps, wondering if he’d encountered a lion left over from the Coliseum.” — After Italy’s Filippo Volandri upset Roger Federer at the Rome Masters in 2007

6. “Anxious birds circled and flitted near the ceiling, crying frantically, looking for a way out. The sky had disappeared as the roof of Laver Arena was closed in defense against rain. Magpies, wrens, gulls and crows were trapped. There was no way out. Below them, Jelena Jankovic was feeling trapped, too, by Sister Serena.” — On the Williams vs. Jankovic round of 16 matchup at the 2007 Australian Open

7. “Whenever I think about Timothy Henry Henman the Crimean War comes to mind, and I picture him as the latter day, one-man Charge of the Light Brigade. Into the Valley of Centre Court he bursts: Roddick to the right of him, Hewitt to the left of him, Federer in front of him volleying and thundering. Stormed at with shots from hellish racquets. Is he ever dismayed? Never. His is not to reason why…but to do or be hung out to dry…Charging gallantly, failing nobly. ‘Our Tim’ nonetheless.”

8. “It is tough. These are great conditions for Perth and the America's Cup. But not for tennis." — On the windy, difficult conditions during the 1987 Martina Navratilova-Steffi Graf Roland Garros final

9. “Stick a feather in your cap and call it McEnroni.” — After John McEnroe lost the 1980 Wimbledon final to Bjorn Borg in five thrilling sets

10. “His eyes seem like a pair of blueberries in a tureen of borscht.”— On Rod Laver