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Mansour Bahrami (Persian: منصور بهرامی‎; born April 26, 1956) is a retired professional tennis player. He is Iranian with dual French nationality since 1989. While only moderately successful on the main ATP tour, his showmanship has made him a long-standing and popular figure in invitational tournaments.

Mansour Bahrami
Mansour Bahrami RG 2009.jpg
Country (sports)Iran Iran, France France
ResidenceParis, France
Born (1956-04-26) April 26, 1956 (age 63)
Arak, Iran
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1974
Retired2003[N 1]
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$368,780
Singles
Career record22–46 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT, Grand Slam & Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 192 (9 May 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ1 (1977)
French Open2R (1981)
WimbledonQ1 (1976)
Doubles
Career record108–139 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT, Grand Slam & Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 31 (6 July 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1977Jan)
French OpenF (1989)
Wimbledon2R (1988)
US Open3R (1987)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (1990)

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Tennis careerEdit

When the Iranian team was short of players, Bahrami was permitted to play the game on a tennis court. His talent was obvious and he reached the Davis Cup team (and helped the team to victory at the age of just sixteen) but in the late 1970s the Islamic Revolution within Iran led to tennis being viewed as a capitalist and elitist sport.[1] He spent the next three years playing backgammon as all tennis courts were closed down. In desperation he fled to France with his life savings, of which he gambled in a casino and lost.[2]

While his best days were already behind him, and never having maximized his potential in singles, he became a successful doubles player who even reached the French Open doubles final in 1989 with Éric Winogradsky.[3][2]

Senior tournamentsEdit

Bahrami has been a mainstay of the seniors invitational tennis circuit for about 20 years.[1] Bahrami is considered to have "found his niche" on the ATP Champions Tour,[2] where his flamboyant style and propensity for trick shots chimed with the tour's more entertainment-oriented remit. In reference to his showmanship, his 2009 English-language autobiography was titled The Court Jester.[4]

Main Tour FinalsEdit

Doubles: 12 (2–10)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0-1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0-0)
ATP Masters Series (0-2)
ATP Tour (2-7)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1986 ATP Bordeaux Clay   Ronald Agénor   Jordi Arrese
  David de Miguel-Lapiedra
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 1986 MercedesCup Clay   Diego Pérez   Hans Gildemeister
  Andrés Gómez
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 1986 Paris Masters Carpet   Diego Pérez   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 1987 Monte-Carlo Masters Clay   Michael Mortensen   Hans Gildemeister
  Andrés Gómez
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1987 Geneva Open Clay   Diego Pérez   Ricardo Acioly
  Luiz Mattar
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 1988 Geneva Open Clay   Tomáš Šmíd   Gustavo Luza
  Guillermo Pérez Roldán
6-4 6-3
Runner-up 6. 1988 Toulouse Grand Prix Hard (i)   Guy Forget   Tom Nijssen
  Ricki Osterthun
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 1989 French Open Clay   Éric Winogradsky   Jim Grabb
  Patrick McEnroe
4–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(7–5)
Runner-up 8. 1989 Geneva Open Clay   Guillermo Pérez Roldán   Andrés Gómez
  Alberto Mancini
3–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 1989 Toulouse Grand Prix Hard (i)   Éric Winogradsky   Todd Nelson
  Roger Smith
6-2 7-6
Runner-up 9. 1990 ATP Bordeaux Clay   Yannick Noah   Tomás Carbonell
  Libor Pimek
3–6, 7–6, 2-6
Runner-up 10. 1991 Copenhagen Open Carpet   Andrei Olhovskiy   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
3–6, 1–6

Challenger FinalsEdit

Doubles: 5 (3–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1986 Chartres, France Clay   Éric Winogradsky   Javier Frana
  Gustavo Guerrero
2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1986 Neu-Ulm, West Germany Clay   Jaroslav Navrátil   Menno Oosting
  Huub van Boeckel
7-5, 6-1
Winner 2. 1987 Clermont-Ferrand, France Clay   Claudio Mezzadri   Christophe Lesage
  Jean-Marc Piacentile
6-3, 7-5
Runner-up 2. 1987 Neu-Ulm, West Germany Clay   Michael Mortensen   Jaromir Becka
  Udo Riglewski
WEA
Winner 3. 1990 Dijon, France Carpet   Rodolphe Gilbert   Jan Apell
  Peter Nyborg
7-5, 6-2

Bibliography and FilmographyEdit

  • Bahrami, Mansour (2006). Le court des miracles (in French). Paris: Le Cherche Midi. ISBN 2749107652.
  • Bahrami, Mansour; Issartel, Jean (2009). The court jester : my story. Central Milton Keynes: TennisMania Trust, in association with AuthorHouse. ISBN 1438987943.
  • The Man behind the Moustache, DVD (2009).

External linksEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Bahrami retired from the main ATP tour in 2003. As of 2019 he continues to appear at invitational events.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Tilley, Joanna (3 July 2013). "Bahrami: Iran's solo tennis representative". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c ATP profile
  3. ^ MacDonald, Geoff (30 January 2010). "Islamic Republic Crushed the Dreams of Iran's Top Tennis Players". New York Times. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  4. ^ Bahrami, Mansour; Issartel, Jean (2009). The court jester : my story. Central Milton Keynes: TennisMania Trust, in association with AuthorHouse. ISBN 1438987943.