Nonsense at the Net - A Rags to Riches Story! A book by Peter Bodo ïİForeword by Bud Collins
Or...How a Little Backwoods Tennis Tournament Made it to the Big Leagues

Nonsense at the Net
by Jim Westhall

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Jim Westhall has written an enormously entertaining and informative book about the adventures and misadventures in 26 years of directing professional tennis tournaments.

His tournaments were enormously popular with an entire generation of fans who flocked to one variation or another of the Volvo International at four different venues. A tournament they came to know simply as the Volvo.

Westhall whose promotional instincts align him with such luminaries as P.T. Barnum and the legendary baseball impresario Bill Veeck, became known over the years as an indefatigably innovative pitchman for his tournaments.

In 1982 the singles final between Ivan Lendl and Jose Higueras was washed out by rain and completed 57 days later. The story of how he accomplished this, and at what cost is almost worth a volume in an of itself.

NONSENSE AT THE NET, edited by Tennis Magazine feature writer and editor Peter Bodo, is a real insiders book. Anyone who attended and enjoyed the Volvo International at any stage in its history will love this book, and so will anyone interested in how tennis tournaments are staged, and what makes them more or less successful.

Bud Collins foreward (Acrobat PDF, 32 KB)

Bob Sullivan is the Editor or LIFE and LIFE Books and wrote a retrospective called "Why I loved the Volvo" (Acrobat PDF, 44 KB)

Nonsense at the Net book jacket flaps (Acrobat PDF, 920 KB)

"the Volvo... just may be the great American tennis tournament."
--Peter Bodo, Tennis Magazine

"Just A Little Country Hit"
--Rod Laver, Sport Illustrated

"It was Smash Summer Theatre"
--Curry Kirpatrick, Sport Illustrated

"The Wimbledon in the Woods"
--Bud Collins, Boston Globe

"The Loveliest Little Gem of a Tennis Tournament We’ve Ever Seen."
--Mike Lupica