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Mansour Bahrami

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Mansour Bahrami
File:Mansour Bahrami RG 2009.jpg
Country Template:Country data IRN Iran, 23x15px France
Residence Paris, France
Born (1956-04-26) April 26, 1956 (age 59)
Arak, Iran
Height Script error: No such module "convert".
Turned pro 1974
Retired 2003[N 1]
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $368,780
Singles
Career record 22–46 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT, Grand Slam & Davis Cup)</td></tr>
Career titles 0</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 192 (9 May 1988)</td></tr>
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q1 (1977)</td></tr>
French Open 2R (1981)</td></tr>
Wimbledon Q1 (1976)</td></tr>
Doubles
Career record 108–139 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT, Grand Slam & Davis Cup)</td></tr>
Career titles 2</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 31 (6 July 1987)</td></tr>
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1977Jan)</td></tr>
French Open F (1989)</td></tr>
Wimbledon 2R (1988)</td></tr>
US Open 3R (1987)</td></tr>
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon

1R (1990)</td></tr></table>

Mansour Bahrami (Persian: منصور بهرامی‎) (born April 26, 1956) is a professional tennis player. He has held dual French and Iranian 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.

Tennis career

The time came when the Iranian team was short of players and Bahrami was finally 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, 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 Eric Winogradsky.[3][2]

Senior tournaments

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 Finals

Doubles: 12 (2–10)

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
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Haiti Ronald Agénor
23x15px Jordi Arrese
23x15px David de Miguel-Lapiedra
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 1986 MercedesCup Clay 23x15px Diego Pérez 23x15px Hans Gildemeister
23x15px Andrés Gómez
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 1986 Paris Masters Carpet 23x15px Diego Pérez 23x15px Peter Fleming
23x15px John McEnroe
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 1987 Monte-Carlo Masters Clay 23x15px Michael Mortensen 23x15px Hans Gildemeister
23x15px Andrés Gómez
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1987 Geneva Open Clay 23x15px Diego Pérez 23x15px Ricardo Acioly
23x15px Luiz Mattar
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 1988 Geneva Open Clay 23x15px Tomáš Šmíd 23x15px Gustavo Luza
23x15px Guillermo Pérez-Roldán
6-4 6-3
Runner-up 6. 1988 Toulouse Grand Prix Hard (i) 23x15px Guy Forget 23x15px Tom Nijssen
23x15px Ricki Osterthun
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 1989 French Open Clay 23x15px Eric Winogradsky 23x15px Jim Grabb
23x15px Patrick McEnroe
4–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(5)
Runner-up 8. 1989 Geneva Open Clay 23x15px Guillermo Pérez-Roldán 23x15px Andrés Gómez
23x15px Alberto Mancini
3–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 1989 Toulouse Grand Prix Hard (i) 23x15px Eric Winogradsky 23x15px Todd Nelson
23x15px Roger Smith
6-2 7-6
Runner-up 9. 1990 ATP Bordeaux Clay 23x15px Yannick Noah 23x15px Tomás Carbonell
23x15px Libor Pimek
3–6, 7–6, 2-6
Runner-up 10. 1991 Copenhagen Open Carpet 23x15px Andrei Olhovskiy 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
3–6, 1–6

Challenger Finals

Doubles: 5 (3–2)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1986 Chartres, France Clay 23x15px Eric Winogradsky 23x15px Javier Frana
23x15px Gustavo Guerrero
2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1986 Neu Ulm, Germany Clay 23x15px Jaroslav Navrátil 23x15px Menno Oosting
23x15px Huub van Boeckel
7-5, 6-1
Winner 2. 1987 Clermont-Ferrand, France Clay 23x16px Claudio Mezzadri 23x15px Christophe Lesage
23x15px Jean-Marc Piacentile
6-3, 7-5
Runner-up 2. 1987 Neu Ulm, Germany Clay 23x15px Michael Mortensen 23x15px Jaromir Becka
23x15px Udo Riglewski
WEA
Winner 3. 1990 Dijon, France Carpet 23x15px Rodolphe Gilbert 23x15px Jan Apell
23x15px Peter Nyborg
7-5, 6-2

Bibliography and Filmography

  • 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 links

Notes

  1. ^ Bahrami retired from the main ATP tour in 2003. As of 2014 he continues to appear at invitational events.

References

  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. 

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