His weakness and indeed his strength was an inescapable thirst for providing a crowd with a show. He often lost in the early rounds of singles tournaments due to his tendency to play trick shots from the off or when he was bored with winning too easily. He was able to play more seriously in doubles where he felt that he could not be seen to be letting his partner down.
The Iranian-born Bahrami never made much of an impact in the pro league (they tend to frown on moves like catch-the-ball-and-hit-a-new-one) but has found great success on the Champions Tour, where retired pros and fan favorites play for entertainment rather than trophies. It's not hard to see why either. How can your opponent return your serve when he's laughing so hard?
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