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World famous tennis stars to play in Tehran tournament

Four of the world famous tennis players who are taking part in the second round of 'World Tennis Star Tournament' in Tehran were in agreement on Wednesday that the primary problem with Iran's tennis is too few tournaments held in the country, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Speaking at a press conference Bjorn Borg and Michael Perforns from Sweden, Emilio Sanchez from Spain and Mansour Bahrami from Iran all said tennis players in the world play year around in various tournaments which keeps them match-fit.

"Unfortunately only two or three tournaments are held in Iran every ear which is quite insufficient for the progress of Iranian players," Bahrami said.

He said insufficient tournament experience has led to Iranian players not being in competition form 'which itself is cause of lack of motivation'.

Bahrami, who resides in France, said he is ready to help the Iranian national tennis if called upon.

He also said that he has not been asked to participate in Iran's Davis Cup team adding, "Iran has many young tennis talents and there is no need for me."

Sanchez who is participating in the tournament for the second year also said, "Iranian players need more competition to add to their experiences."

He said the Tehran Tennis Federation has embarked on a good working relationship with him such that beginning last year 'several players have been dispatched to Barcelona to train in my tennis camp'.

Borg said he is Tehran for the second time 'which is due to his close relationship with Bahrami'.

He participated in Tehran Grand Slam Tournaments in 1974, has 11 Grand Slam trophies in his belt. He said tennis is a very popular sport in Sweden.

Perforns said Swedish Tennis Federation conducts routine programs 'which will lead to more Swedish tennis players' success in the international tourneys.

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