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The Court Jester: My Story Paperback – Illustrated, 3 Nov 2009
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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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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!
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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What a story! The shear determination of one of the most talented and funny guys ever to play the game!Published 7 months ago by Shauni
Great read, more about this guy than you realize well worth a read.Published 9 months ago by Phillip Roy