Mansour Bahrami

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Mansour Bahrami
Mansour Bahrami RG 2009.jpg
Country Iran Iran, France France
Residence Paris, France
Born (1956-04-26) April 26, 1956 (age 57)
Arak, Iran
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1974
Retired N/A
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $368,780
Career record 33–56 (at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 192 (May 9, 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open N/A
French Open 2R (1981)
Wimbledon N/A
US Open N/A
Career record 108–139 (at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 31 (July 6, 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1977)
French Open F (1989)
Wimbledon 2R (1988)
US Open 3R (1987)

Mansour Bahrami (Persian: منصور بهرامی‎) (born April 26, 1956) is a professional tennis player. He has held dual French and Iranian nationality since 1989.

Early life[edit]

From an early age he worked as a ball boy within a sports complex in Tehran, Iran. He observed many of the best Iranian tennis players in action but he was never allowed to play. Eventually he snuck onto one of the courts but his first racquet was destroyed by an outraged armed guard who kicked him out. He resorted to learning the game through the use of his hands or frying pans or broom handles. Bahrami has often commented that his outrageous shotmaking ability resulted from mastering tennis using such unusual implements.

Tennis career[edit]

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. 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.[1] A number of friends supported him financially as he began to play a few tournaments within France.

While his best days were behind him and he never maximized his potential in singles, he became a successful doubles player who even reached the French Open doubles final in 1989 in partnership with Eric Winogradsky. He liked providing the crowd with a show. He often lost in the early rounds of singles tournaments because of his tendency to play trick shots from the off or when he was bored with winning too easily. He was able to play more seriously in doubles, where he felt that he could not be seen to be letting his partner down.

Main Tour Finals[edit]

Doubles: 12 (2–10)[edit]

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 Haiti Ronald Agénor Spain Jordi Arrese
Spain David de Miguel-Lapiedra
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 1986 MercedesCup Clay Uruguay Diego Pérez Chile Hans Gildemeister
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 1986 Paris Masters Carpet Uruguay Diego Pérez United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 1987 Monte-Carlo Masters Clay Denmark Michael Mortensen Chile Hans Gildemeister
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1987 Geneva Open Clay Uruguay Diego Pérez Brazil Ricardo Acioly
Brazil Luiz Mattar
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 1988 Geneva Open Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Argentina Gustavo Luza
Argentina Guillermo Pérez-Roldán
6-4 6-3
Runner-up 6. 1988 Toulouse Grand Prix Hard (i) France Guy Forget Netherlands Tom Nijssen
West Germany Ricki Osterthun
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 1989 French Open Clay France Eric Winogradsky United States Jim Grabb
United States Patrick McEnroe
4–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(5)
Runner-up 8. 1989 Geneva Open Clay Argentina Guillermo Pérez-Roldán Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Argentina Alberto Mancini
3–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 1989 Toulouse Grand Prix Hard (i) France Eric Winogradsky United States Todd Nelson
The Bahamas Roger Smith
6-2 7-6
Runner-up 9. 1990 ATP Bordeaux Clay France Yannick Noah Spain Tomás Carbonell
Belgium Libor Pimek
3–6, 7–6, 2-6
Runner-up 10. 1991 Copenhagen Open Carpet Soviet Union Andrei Olhovskiy Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3–6, 1–6

Challenger Finals[edit]

Doubles: 5 (3–2)[edit]

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

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  1. ^ quoted on ITV4 Aegon Masters 2011 coverage on 3-12-11