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Marbella Masters 2011 Final

Finals day kicked off to a great start with a Junior Exhibitions match played by some very talented young participants of the Northern Vision Tennis Academy.
Ronald Agenor and Younes El Aynaoui then took to the courts playing a very close match to two sets. It was a very even match, but finally El Aynaoui took both sets 6-4, 6-4, in part thanks to his strong serves and long forehand.
This was followed by a very close match between Pat Cash and Bjorn Borg. A proper duel took place on the court with both players fighting their corner. Borg took the first set 6-4 showing the crowd that despite the age difference he maintains the skills he was known for in his hey day. Cash pulled out all the stops in the 2nd set winning 6-4, leading to a nerve racking tie break which was eventually won by Cash 10-8.

The results meant that the crowd was treated to a tie break shoot out to 7 points as the players had managed to rack up two wins & one loss each.
El Aynaoui and Agenor went head to head with Younes El Aynaoui also winning the tie break against the Haitian 7-4. He played the following tie-break against Cash, also taking this tie break 7-4, giving us this years Marbella Masters 2011 champion – Younes El Aynaoui!

The trophy, which was won by Sergi Bruguera in 2010 was handed to Younes El Aynaoui by none other than our favourite tennis ambassador, Manolo Santana and Jose Luis Hernandez, Tourism Councillor of the Marbella Town Hall.

Mansour Bahrami

Mansour Bahrami (Persian: منصور بهرامی) (born April 26, 1956) is a professional tennis player. He has held dual French and Iranian nationality since 1989.

Early life

From an early age he worked as a ball boy within a sports complex in Tehran, Iran. He observed many of the best Iranian tennis players in action but he was never allowed to play. Eventually he snuck onto one of the courts but his first racquet was destroyed by an outraged armed guard who also beat him badly for his misdemeanour. He resorted to learning the game through the use of his hands or frying pans or broom handles. Bahrami has often commented that his outrageous shotmaking ability resulted from mastering tennis using such unusual implements.

Tennis career

The time came when the Iranian team was short of players and Bahrami was finally permitted to play the game on a tennis court. His talent was obvious and he reached the Davis Cup team (and helped the team to victory at the age of just sixteen) but in the late 1970s the Islamic Revolution within Iran led to tennis being viewed as a capitalist and elitist sport. He spent the next three years playing backgammon as all tennis courts were closed down. In desperation he fled to France with his life savings, soon gambling these away in a casino. A number of friends supported him financially as he began to play a few tournaments within France.
Whilst his best days were behind him and he never maximised his potential in singles, he became a successful doubles player who even reached the French Open doubles final in 1989 in partnership with Eric Winogradsky. 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.

Senior tournaments

Bahrami did not become a household name during his days on the main ATP Tour but enough of his fellow players had seen his talent at first hand to be impressed. He was perhaps the only player in history to be paid a guarantee just to enter the qualifying tournament for ATP tournaments. However, when the Champions Tour was set up for players aged over 35 in 1993, he had found his niche. Over time, the matches that he played with the likes of Jimmy Connors, Björn Borg and John McEnroe ensured that he achieved star status in his own right. Bahrami also formed a memorable doubles partnership with former French Open finalist and Davis Cup winner Henri Leconte as well as former French Open champion Yannick Noah. His best achievement in the senior tour so far was winning the ATP Champions Tour event in Doha, Qatar.

Bahrami had always been an entertainer but his attitude fitted perfectly with the aims of the Outback Champions Tour where giving the public a show was essential. He continues to travel for 40 weeks of the year playing exhibition tournaments in which his range of unusual and breathtaking shots are played. His speciality shots include the power shot through the legs, the lob through the legs and the drop shot which bounces back over the net due to excessive backspin. His sense of humour shines through all of his matches and the crowd are never sure of his latest move, be it serving whilst holding six balls (although he is known to hold 21), an under arm serve, catching the ball in his pocket, deliberately missing a smash or playing an imaginary, slow-motion point.

Fame came to Bahrami over time to the extent that he has now played within all of the major tennis venues throughout the world, something he could not do early in his career while on the regular tour, including the show courts at Wimbledon and the French Open. He is married to Frederique and they have two children. His autobiography, “Le Court Des Miracles” was published in 2006, accompanying a DVD entitled (The Man Behind The Moustache) chronicling his life and the highlights of his career. His autobiography has been translated into English as “The Court Jester” and was released in late 2009

Marbella Masters 2011

Marbella, August 25, 2011: The Marbella Masters kicked off on Thursday 25th August, with a Junior exhibition match, followed by close match between Pat Cash and Younes El Alanoui. Things weren´t looking on the bright side for Cash but he managed to turn the match around in his favour beating Alanoui 6-7, 6-4, 10-7.
Ronald Agenor played some brilliant tennis, taking Bjorn Borg by surprise, beating him 6-0, 6-3.

Next it was the Swedes taking on the Dutch with a father – son tie break match with Richard Krajicek, (one of last years participants) playing with his 10 year old son against Bjorn Borg and his doubles partner, 9 year old son, Leo. It wasn´t an easy game for the Borg duo but son Leo showed great strength against the much taller Alec Krajicek. However Alec showed great sportsmanship and his very natural playing style clearly helped the Dutch family team win 10-7. Clearly the Wimbledon winner fathers had little to do with it!


Pat Cash

Patrick Hart “Pat” Cash (born 27 May 1965) is a retired Australian professional tennis player who won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1987.

Early career

Cash first came to the tennis world’s attention as a junior player in the early 1980s. He was ranked the top junior player in the world in 1981, and in 1982 he won the junior titles at bothWimbledon and the US Open. He turned professional in 1982 and won his first top-level singles title that year in Melbourne.

Cash established a reputation on the tour as a hard-fighting serve-and-volleyer and for wearing his trademark black-and-white checked headband and his cross earring.

In 1983, Cash became the youngest player to play in a Davis Cup final. He won the decisive singles rubber against Joakim Nyström as Australia defeated Sweden 3–2 to claim the cup.

In 1984, Cash reached the men’s singles semi-finals at both Wimbledon and the US Open. He lost in three sets in the Wimbledon semi-finals to John Wang and was defeated in the semi-finals at the US Open by Ivan Lendl, who won their match in a fifth set tiebreaker. This day regarded as the greatest day in US open history featured the 3 set thriller women’s final Evert v Navratilova and a McEnroe v Connors 5 set marathon creating the day now known as ‘Super Saturday’

Cash was the runner-up in the men’s doubles competition at Wimbledon in both 1984 with McNamee and 1985 with Fitzgerald.

In 1986, he helped Australia regain the Davis Cup with a 3–2 victory over Sweden. Cash again won the decisive singles rubber, recovering from two sets down against Mikael Pernfors.

In 1987, Cash reached his first Grand Slam singles final at the Australian Open, where he lost in five sets to Stefan Edberg. This was the last Australian Open played at Kooyong on a grass court.

Wimbledon victory

The crowning moment of Cash’s career came at Wimbledon in 1987. Having already beatenMats Wilander in the quarter-finals and Jimmy Connors in the semi-finals, Cash defeated the World Number 1, Ivan Lendl, in the final. Cash sealed the victory by climbing into the stands and up to the player’s box at Centre Court, where he celebrated with his family, girlfriend, and coach, Ian Barclay. This started a Wimbledon tradition that has been followed by many other champions at Wimbledon and other Grand Slam tournaments since. He only lost one set during the entire tournament.

Bjorn Borg

Björn Rune Borg (Swedish pronunciation: [bjœːɳ bɔrj]; born 6 June 1956) is a formerWorld No. 1 tennis player from Sweden. Between 1974 and 1981 he won 11 Grand Slam singles titles. He won five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles (a record shared with Roger Federer) and four consecutive French Open singles titles (a record shared with Rafael Nadal). He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

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