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BUD KNOCKED OUT OF US OPEN DUE TO INJURY

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NEW YORK –  An abrupt end to our US Open – Bud had a small fall Sunday, suffering a complete rupture of his quad tendon. After being cared for attentively by the medical team at the US Open, headed by Brian Hainline, it was determined that he needed surgery as soon as possible. And so we …

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RE-ENACTMENT OF FIRST US CHAMPIONSHIP

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NEWPORT, Rhode Island — They threw a “You are there!” birthday bash on the grounds of the Grand Old Lady of Bellevue Avenue the other day at the Hall of Fame. She, of course, being the Newport Casino, sturdy of timbers and rich in history, justifyingly proud of her role as the elder housemother of …

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NOAH IS FIVE-OH!

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Yannick Noah, the charismatic Frenchmen whose win at the 1983 French Open will be replayed ad-nauseum over the next three weeks, is 50 years old. The dread-locked swash-buckler was born May 18, 1960 in Sedan, France. The following is his biography as it appears in THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, …

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Good Gracious, Gaby is 40!

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Wasn’t it just yesterday when Gabriela Sabatini was 14 years old, playing in the nationally-televised Family Circle Cup final on NBC against Chris Evert in 1985. Well, she’s all grown up now and is 40 years old (Sunday, May 16, 2010). Here’s her bio as it appears in my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF …

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REMEMBERING PANCHO GONZALEZ

Richard “Pancho” Gonzalez would have been 82 years old on Sunday, May 9, if he was still with us. Here’s his biography as it appears in my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com) Very much his own man, a loner and an acerbic competi­tor, Richard “Pancho” Alonzo Gonzalez was …

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ANDRE AGASSI TURNS 40

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Birthday huzzahs to Andre Agassi, who turns 40 on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Here’s my summary of his life and career in this excerpt from my book “THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS” ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com) A player of irresistible flair, appeal and shot-making ability since appearing on the professional landscape as a …

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TOURNAMENTS (WRAP UP OF DECADE)…..

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All right, so it’s time again to look backwards. This happens every 10 years as selections of the best matches (best- remembered anyway) of the decade crop up.   I’ve decided on a selection of men’s and women’s matches – only ones I’ve attended. Whatever the reasons, they splash about in my neural mush.   …

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ALLEZ JUSTINE HENIN!

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On May 14, 2008, Justine Henin stunningly announced her retirement from professional tennis at age 25. She was the first current No. 1 player to ever walk away from the game. Now, she is back. After a year away from the game, and perhaps inspired by her fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters successful comeback to tennis …

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CHRISSIE EVERT TURNS 55

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Christine Marie Evert turns 55 on December 21, 2009. Upon turning 18 years old in 1972, she officially turned professional, saying “I’ll miss the senior prom, but it will be worth it. I think I am ready to play tennis for money….I’m eager not only to become a pro, but to get out of school.” …

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THE BARCELONA BUMBLEBEE’S BIRTHDAY

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The Barcelona Bumblebee – Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain – turns 38 years old on December 18, 2009. Does it not seem just yesterday that she was an effervescent 17-year-old who shocked Steffi Graf to win the 1989 French Open? Arantxa’s career is outlined below in this excerpt from my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY …

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LET’S SALUTE HENRI COCHET AND STAN SMITH!

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December 14 marks the birthday of two of the greatest tennis player of all time Henri Cochet and Stan Smith. The biographies of both Wimbledon champions and members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame are documented below from my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com). Enjoy!   Henri …

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRACY AUSTIN

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December 12, 2009 marks the 47th birthday of two-time U.S. Open champion Tracy Austin. The following is her profile as seen in THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com). TRACY AUSTIN United States (1962—) Hall of Fame—1992 One of the game’s prodigies, Tracy Ann Austin was meteoric, an iron-willed girl whose …

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GRAND SLAM: THE CORRECT TERMINOLOGY

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Call me Bud C.  That’s Bud the Curmudgeon. You can also call me grouchy, grumpy and cantankerous, too. That’s OK because it’s the way I feel when running up against the confusing, careless corruption of tennis language. What I have in mind is the game’s most precious and rarest accomplishment:  the Grand Slam.  It’s the …

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60th ANNIVERSARY FOR “BONES” AND ME

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Another Olympics has sped by, stirring warm memories of a golden 10.3 seconds I shared with a man called “Bones” six decades ago.  He did the running, I did the rooting from the cheap seats among a throng of 83,000 in London’s Wembley Stadium. The world had waited 12 years for restoration of the Games …

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