Tennis' Funny Man at Home in Exhibitions


Historical records aren't a tennis strength—at least not when it comes to piecing together the short, obscure résumé of a player three decades ago—but we know that Mansour Bahrami's singles career at tour level included between 22 and 33 victories. His peak doubles ranking was No. 31 in the world. And in singles, he reached No. 192.


Yet the prime of Bahrami's career is now, at age 56. And it's not a prime defined by victories: He is indisputably the master of making tennis tournaments fun.


In a single set of doubles, the opening act to a Tim Henman-Thomas Enqvist singles match at the Statoil STL.OS +1.83% Masters in London this past Thursday, the full array of Bahrami's skills and comedy talents was on display. He...

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