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Mansour Bahrami born on April 26, 1956 in Arak, Iran learned to play tennis while working as a ballboy at a Teheran club. He has a 24-15 career Davis Cup record (16-10 in singles) for his native country. Bahrami has never had a coach in his career. He, always the showman of the game, is one of tennis´ best-loved players. "My tennis and my expressions just make people laugh. People see me an start laughing, even when I am not on a tennis court. Still that´s better than if they started crying," he jokes.

Bahramis incursion in International Tennis tournaments is itself something of a miracle. After not playing tennis for three years, Bahrami left Iran in 1980 because the government closed all tennis courts after the Islamic Revolution. He moved to Paris in 1981 but his career was still severly hampered because of travel restrictions imposed on his Iranian passport. At age 33, he reached the doubles final (w/Eric Winogradsky) at the 1989 French Open, losing to Jim Grabb-Patrick McEnroe. Bahrami finished in the Top 50 in doubles in 1986 and 1987.

Extremly popular among his collegues most of whome have become his close friends ( Conners, Noah, Illie Nastase ) Bahrami has had brilliant results on the Senior Tour. He won the event in Doha, Qatar and finished 6th on the Masters Points Standings. Made his debut in Åland Classics, and what a debut! He became the favourite in the match against Mats Wilander after some trumendous tennis. Won the title in Paris 1994 and reached the final in Richmond 1998 losing a close match to Connors. In Åland Classics 2000 he showed us why he is one of the tour´s most loved players: In the match against Noah the spectators gave him standing ovations. He finished fourth in the tournament. Also see feature

Facts on Mansour Bahrami :

Has won 2 titles and has been finalist in 8 tournaments.
Height: 1,71 m
Turned pro: 1982
Highest ATP Ranking: 192

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