You've got to love a sportsman like Mansour Bahrami. As a kid, he learned to play tennis using frying pans and broom sticks. He eventually graduated to the Iranian national team, only for his career to be cut short by the Islamic revolution which banned the sport for being 'unIslamic' and 'elitist'. Having fled his home country and lost his life savings in a French casino, Bahrami gained moderate success on the pro tour tennis circuit but had a terrible habit of getting knocked out in the early rounds because he liked arsing around and entertaining the crowd with trick shots more than he liked winning. Such was his reputation that he remains the only unseeded player in ATP history to be paid a guarantee just to turn up. He still regularly lights up the veteran Champions Tour and can do quite astonishing things with a racket. You'll need to watch this twice to fully soak up the awesomeness.
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