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  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse; 1st edition (3 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438987943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438987941
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mansour Bahrami is one of the leading names on the Seniors Tennis Circuit. With his gift of showmanship, his special athletic talent and his famous trick shots, he is now instantly recognizable to tennis fans everywhere. But few people know of his extraordinary early life. Born in Iran, he was on the verge of breaking into top-flight tennis in the late 1970s when Ayatollah Khomeini ousted the Shah and swept to power. Eventually, he fled to France and, with great determination, reached the Men's Doubles Final of the French Open eight years later in 1989. He is everyone's favourite highlight at the annual Royal Albert Hall Black Rock Championships and at the Veterans Events at Wimbledon itself and at Hurlingham the week before.


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Mansour Bahrami is a legend in the world of pro tennis - known primarily for his clowning and outstanding trick shots...entertaining and astounding in equal measure with his circus ringmaster persona and slapstick grandstanding at major tournaments around the world. However, the clowning served only to mask an exceptional natural talent for the game...a talent readily acknowledged by giants of the court such as McEnroe and Federer. With the release of this candid autobiography Bahrami tells the full story behind the one-dimensional clown persona the public most readily associate with him. To his credit, Bahrami tells it as it was - warts and all - honestly confessing his faults/mistakes as well as recording his triumphs. There are some fascinating behind-the-scenes anecdotes concerning major figures in the sport - especially the 1970s crowd...which I won't reveal here (..you'll have to buy the book!) For anyone who knows/likes pro tennis...this is an ace read!
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I purchased this book for my husband who is a big tennis fan, he loved it. A facinating incite to another world and how one man can still acheive against the odds.
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Bought as a gift and it has been read within a few days - obviously a good read!
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OK this is the most interesting tennis biography I've read.

Great fairly recent ones have been:
Agassi - I was fascinated by a life of a top pro on the tour.
McEnroe - The antics, events and people surrounding him make a great read.

Mansour Bahrami's though has a warmth and honesty, even when perilous, that yanks you along this incredible journey.
His love of tennis is unparalled and his journey is often unbelievable.

This is a guy that game form a truly impoverished background. Forget the pity for someone with a pushy parent, this is someone that did it entirely for themselves.
The tennis story is fascinating with fantastic and humorous anecdotes as he mixed with some of tennis' greatest legends and characters but also a fascinating insight into Iran, the revolution and becoming a tennis pro without a passport.

I'm only sorry Mansour and his story doesn't reach a larger audience.

A fascinating read with great pics, enjoy!
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This man is a real joy to watch and his journey to get to where he is today, is remarkable! I debated whether to give this 5 stars, as I enjoyed reading the book very much, but decided that as the writing is a bit stilted, bearing in mind that he isn't a writer by trade, I decided that 4 stars was more appropriate.
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My step-daughter had a great deal to say about the writer because she is very interested in tennis and encouraged me to watch him whenever on the television, which her father and I did. The book has now been printed in English and with the many photos his story flows with his mischief of tennis playing. Even though he acts as a 'Court Jester' his tennis playing gives everyone who sees him play the get up and go to learn how to play themselves. He is wonderful in tennis, entertaining, and known by all with great affection.
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I have only seen Masour Barami on TV and as a player myself can only marvel at his skills on the court. This auto biography tells of the difficult times he faced in Iran and how his determination to suceed eventually enabled him to become a top world player on the professional circuit. How he developed his fun side of the game for the enjoyment of the crowd, a timely reminder that sport is not all about money. Most enjoyable from cover to cover and one I shall read again.
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Such a great life story and from such an amazingly charismatic and amusing man.

Not a great work of literature, but a terrific insight into the life and background of someone who is a legend to many, but who could perhaps have become a truly global sports name.

Some will know hos tennis antics, and his life story is every bit as good as his trick shots and clowning on court.

Growing up in Iran with an improvised racket made of a wooden plank, and no courts to play on, it is a remarkable achievement that he played at all; yet his life story is more inspiring than his court antics or professional tennis career.
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