To many Americans, the 79-year-old Collins, with his blue pants covered with red strawberries, his alliterative phrases and his love of the game, is tennis.
Collins, who has been on the Boston Globe since 1963, also contributes to ESPN. His recognition came from 35 years with NBC, which released him late last year.
The ulcers appeared before he and wife Anita left the states for the Italian Open, in early May, and have not healed, Surgery is scheduled after he returns to the United States next month.
Although he wasn't in attendance for a few days, Collins, whose monster volume, "The History of Tennis'' has just been released, continued to write analysis from his room.
Collins, who had pacemaker installed two years ago, saying "I now have the heart of a robot,'' is the one who nicknamed Steffi Graf, "Fraulein Forehand,'' and called big-serving Venus and Serena Williams, "Sisters Sledgehammer.''