Mansour Bahrami

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Mansour Bahrami
Mansour Bahrami RG 2009.jpg
Country (sports)Iran Iran, France France
ResidenceParis, France
Born (1956-04-26) April 26, 1956 (age 62)
Arak, Iran
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1974
Retired2003[N 1]
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$368,780
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)
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)

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.

Tennis career[edit]

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, 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 tournaments[edit]

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[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 Éric Winogradsky United States Jim Grabb
United States Patrick McEnroe
4–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(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 Éric 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 Éric Winogradsky Argentina Javier Frana
Argentina Gustavo Guerrero
2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1986 Neu-Ulm, West 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, West 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

Bibliography and Filmography[edit]

  • 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[edit]


  1. ^ Bahrami retired from the main ATP tour in 2003. As of 2018 he continues to appear at invitational events.


  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.