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

I feel like I’m back from tennis heaven: I spent the afternoon in Paris watching Lendl, Wilander, McEnroe and Edberg play. Here’s a quick recap in photos:

First match between old rivals: Ivan Lendl vs Mats Wilander. This match marks Lendl’s return to the competition.

I must say I’ve been quite impressed by Lendl and Wilander‘s playing level. Mats’ court coverage is amazing and Ivan’s forehand is powerful and precise.

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl
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Arnaud Clément vs Edouard Roger-Vasselin:
A pretty boring match between the two French players. Clément wins 6-3.

Arnaud Clément

Edouard Roger-Vasselin

Michael Llodra vs Mardy Fish:
Next, a really entertaining set between hard courts specialists Michael Llodra and Mardy Fish, with spectacular serve and volley play by Llodra.

Mardy Fish and Michael Llodra

Michael Llodra
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