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More about the 2010 Lagardère Trophy

My second all time favorite player behind Stefan Edberg. I’ve been really lucky to watch him play in 2008 during the Benny Berthet Day at Roland Garros:

Mats Wilander, Roland Garros 2008

Mats Wilander

Mats Wilander and Jonas Bjorkman:

Jonas Bjorkman and Mats Wilander

And for the second time last week end at the Lagardère Trophy. Enjoy the pics:

Mats Wilander

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Guy Forget and Cédric Pioline are obviously not the reason why I decided to attend this year’s Lagardère Trophy. They’ve never been nor charismatic nor exciting players. And their accomplishments look quite pale compared to those of Lendl, Wilander, McEnroe and Edberg. But they were both good players and I respect them.

I’ve seen both of them play numerous times, at Roland Garros and Lagardère Trophy:

Guy Forget, Trophée Lagardère 2006:

Guy Forget

Guy Forget, Roland Garros 2010:

Guy Forget

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Arnaud Clément played a doubles match with Yannick Noah against Guy Forget and Arnaud Boetsch on Saturday. A few pics:

Arnaud Clément and Yannick Noah

Arnaud Clément

Arnaud Clément
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Mansour reached a career high number 192 singles ranking in 1988, but he is without a doubt one of the most talentuous tennis player ever who keeps wowing tennis crowds around the world.

As a child Bahrami worked as a ball boy, and unable to afford a racket of his own improvised with frying pans, and broom handles to teach himself the game. His progress was brought to an abrupt halt when the Islamic Revolution led to the banning of professional sport in Iran. He set off for France with his life savings, which he gambled in a casino and lost!

Now aged 30 he had missed his chance to make his mark on the professional game but still managed to reach the Finals of the French Open Doubles in 1989. Bahrami reluctantly withdrew from the circuit in the early 90s and when the Champions Tour came into being in 1993, Mansour had found his calling. He now spends over 40 weeks of the year playing in tournaments and exhibitions around the world.

His speciality shots include the power shot through the legs, the lob through the legs and the drop shot which bounces back over the net due to excessive backspin. His sense of humour shines through all of his matches and the crowd are never sure of his latest move, be it serving whilst holding , an under arm serve, catching the ball in his pocket, deliberately missing a smash or playing an imaginary, slow-motion point.

I’ve seen him play 4 or 5 times, and it’s been a great pleasure everytime! He deserves a lot of credit for all he gives to tennis.

2008 French Open:
Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte

Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte

2010 French Open:
Mansour Bahrami

2010 Lagardère Trophy:
Mansour Bahrami

Mansour Bahrami

First match today, a doubles match: Yannick Noah-Arnaud Clément vs Guy Forget-Arnaud Boetsch. Lots of spectacular points and a lot of fun. 7-6 7-6 for NoahClément.

Arnaud Clément and Yannick Noah

Yannick Noah
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