Coach Says Abbie Hoffman Was a Conservative on Court


Sportscaster Bud Collins was the first tennis coach at Brandeis University, where his No. 3 singles player was Abbie Hoffman, the 1960s radical who died last week.

“Abbie and I didn’t get along then,” Collins told Newsday’s Stan Isaacs. “I guess it was because he didn’t like authority figures. When I first met the squad, he said, ‘I’m the captain.’ They had had a club team, so he figured that he would pick that title up again.

“I said ‘No,’ and he didn’t like that. I was jealous of him because he had a better car than I did--which he got because he was a pretty good entrepreneur. He was in charge of pizza sales on campus.”


Although Hoffman later emerged as a leader of the radical left, Collins said Hoffman was a conservative on the court.

“As a tennis player, he was a right-winger,” Collins said. “He played a conservative style, never attacking at the net. He was a retriever, running down balls. He was pretty good as a singles player, not losing a match as I recall. He took it seriously.

“I was trying to build character; I didn’t realize the kind of character I had built.”

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