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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Some pics of this year’s winner: John McEnroe. He won all his matches against Wilander, Lendl (who retired in the second set) and Forget in the final.

Photos of his doubles with partner Stefan Edberg against Bahrami and Santoro.

Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe

Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe
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Stefan Edberg

Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe

Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe

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Some pics of Ivan’s match against Mats Wilander.

Ivan Lendl

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Yannick Noah is best remembered for winning the men’s singles title at the French Open in 1983.
Since his retirement from the game, Noah has remained in the public eye as a popular music performer.

Yesterday, he played a doubles match with Arnaud Clément against Guy Forget and Arnaud Boetsch.

Arnaud Clément and Yannick Noah
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