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Bud Collin’s 87th birthday on June 17th, 2016 was the day chosen by his devoted wife Anita to celebrate and remember his incomparable life. Remember and celebrate we did! Boston cooperated with some of the most glorious early summer weather. The Baltimore Orioles clobbered the Red Sox 5-1 the night before at Fenway Park taking … Continue reading Pam Shriver: Bud Collins Remembered
The Australian Open (AO) is known as the Happy Slam for its slightly lower key and casual atmosphere when compared to the other three majors. The AO has the best player service department, even helping former players with their needs. Not once in my thirty-seven years of coming to Melbourne, even the last twenty years as … Continue reading Reflections on the 2016 Australian Open
This year’s US Open could have great historical significance on both the men’s and women’s side. For our ESPN tennis team, it’s an honor for the first time to broadcast all of the US Open from first to last serve. We are a team that has been together for many years, and we provide the … Continue reading Thoughts Before the US Open 2015
For the first time in many years, I spent the French Open (FO) at home in LA with my three kids. ESPN shares the FO airtime with the Tennis Channel and NBC so we did not need the entire talent team in Paris. I am sure; Cliff Drysdale (also not in Paris) and I are … Continue reading French Open Week Two Analysis From LA
As a player or broadcaster, it’s hard to miss a major tennis tournament. ESPN will broadcast only early weekday hours and does not need all of its tennis talent over at the French Open in Paris, so I am staying home. This time of year with three kids in Elementary School offers non-stop action, athletic … Continue reading French Open 2015 from Los Angeles with My Kids
From the conclusion of ESPN’s US Open coverage until the Australian Open, I enjoy my longest uninterrupted stretch with my three kids. Only Chrissie Evert’s milestone birthday weekend at a Southern CA spa kept me from my kids during that whole time. It was a busy few months for my kids and me. As is … Continue reading Australian Open 2015 – It’s Here.
Looking back to 2014 at the majors, the match of the year was the men’s Wimbledon final when Djokovic outlasted Federer in a classic five set marathon. If the result had been reversed, Federer would have not only won his 18th singles major extending his all-time men’s tally, but he most likely would have finished … Continue reading Reflections on 2014, And a Look at 2015!
Once the summer tennis craze ends with the completion of the US Open in early September, my focus shifts from my duties with ESPN to my kids and their school year. Over the last 8 weeks, I have been proud to attend events benefitting: the International Tennis Hall of Fame; Up2Us; California State University, Los … Continue reading Family, Work, Charitable Efforts in Balance
Working the Winston Salem Open with Brad Gilbert was fun. Brad and I have worked for ten years on the same ESPN team, but this week was the first time we were both in the booth together. We grew up at the same time, came from the same country so perhaps some of that is … Continue reading Winston Salem to US Open
It’s hard to be at the top of professional tennis into your fourth decade. This level of play always has been and always will be very challenging to sustain. It was fun to think in Canada this past week that Venus Williams and Roger Federer could be Rogers Cup champions, collectively 67 years young. In … Continue reading Two Incredible Careers, One Special Sport