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Multilingual players

I am bored, so I thought I would start this up.

Yes. the qualifications for multilingual players list should be players that can speak 3 or more languages. They can be past or present players and the languages should be mentioned as well.

The Moroccans would win this contest for sure, not just talented players.

*Karim Alami 6 - Arabic, French, English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
*Ivan Lendl 6 - Czech, Slovak, Russian, German, Polish and English ( I don't think he would use all of them now)
*Younes El Aynaoui 5 - Arabic, French, English, Spanish and Italian
* Hicham Arazi 5- As above
* Alex Corretja 4 - Catalan, Spanish, French and English

Here is an updated list

Spanish
Karim Alami
Younes El Aynaoui
Hicham Arazi
Alex Corretja
Marat Safin
Fernando Meligeni
Marc Goellner
Felix Mantilla
Albert Costa
Carlos Moya
Andrei Pavel
Igor Andreev
David Nalbandian
Mariano Zabaleta
Nicolas Lapentti
Guga Kuerten
Hernan Gumy
Tomas Behrend
Oscar Hernandez
Carlos Costa
Jordi Arrese
Alex Calatrava
Martin Vassallo Argüello
Davide Sanguinetti
Alberto Berasategui
Teimuraz Gabashvili
Tommy Robredo
Ricardo Mello
Marcos Daniel
Alberto Martin
Fabio Fognini
Stanislas Wawrinka
Marcel Granollers
Emilio Sanchez
Javier Sanchez
Sergio Roitman
Rafael Nadal
Daniel Gimeno-Traver

Italian
Karim Alami
Younes El Aynaoui
Hicham Arazi
Andrei Pavel
Adrian Voinea
Alex Corretja
Ivan Ljubicic
Igor Kunitsyn
Andreas Seppi
David Nalbandian
Mariano Zabaleta
Hernan Gumy
Jakob Hlasek
Oscar Hernandez
Martin Vassallo Argüello
Davide Sanguinetti
Marcos Daniel
Fabio Fognini
Andrei Golubev
Novak Djokovic
Sergio Roitman

French
Karim Alami
Younes El Aynaoui
Hicham Arazi
Alex Corretja
Yves Allegro
Roger Federer
Tommy Robredo
Max Mirnyi
Nicolas Kiefer
Kristof Vliegen
Dick Norman
Hernan Gumy
Jurgen Melzer
Jakob Hlasek
Jordi Arrese
Marcos Baghdatis
Alex Calatrava
Gilles Muller
Ronald Agenor
Tommy Robredo
Stanislas Wawrinka
Sergei Bubka


Portuguese
Karim Alami
Younes El Aynaoui
Fernando Meligeni
Marc Goellner
Nicolas Lapentti
Guga Kuerten
Hernan Gumy
Harel Levy
Tomas Behrend
Ricardo Mello
Marcos Daniel
Sergio Roitman

German
Ivan Lendl
Yves Allegro
Roger Federer
Andrei Pavel
Goran Ivanisevic
Marc Goellner
Irakli Labadze
Richard Krajicek
Nikolai Davydenko
Nicolas Kiefer
Dominik Hrbaty
Andreas Seppi
Robin Söderling
Fred Hemmes Jr
Mario Ancic
Jurgen Melzer
Tomas Behrend
Jakob Hlasek
Vasilis Mazarakis
Ivo Klec
Alex Calatrava
Gilles Muller
Evgeny Korolev
Mischa Zverev
Novak Djokovic
Robin Haase

Russian
Ivan Lendl
Marat Safin
Max Mirnyi
Vlad Voltchkov
Irakli Labadze
Nikolai Davydenko
Igor Kunitsyn
Igor Andreev
Sargis Sargsian
Teimuraz Gabashvili
Evgeny Korolev
Mischa Zverev
Janko Tipsarevic
Ernests Gulbis
Andrei Golubev
Serhii Stakhovksy
Andrei Medvedev
Ricardas Berankis
Sergei Bubka


Catalan
Alex Corretja
Felix Mantilla
Albert Costa
Carlos Moya
Tommy Robredo
Oscar Hernandez
Carlos Costa
Jordi Arrese
Alberto Martin
Marcel Granollers
Emilio Sanchez
Javier Sanchez
Rafael Nadal

Czech
Ivan Lendl
Richard Krajicek
Dominik Hrbaty
Jakob Hlasek
Ivo Klec
Miloslav Mecir
Serhii Stakhovksy

Slovak
Ivan Lendl
Dominik Hrbaty
Jakob Hlasek
Ivo Klec
Miloslav Mecir
Serhii Stakhovksy

Polish

Ivan Lendl

Swedish
Jarkko Nieminen
Robin Söderling

Finnish
Jarkko Nieminen

Arabic
Karim Alami
Younes El Aynaoui
Hicham Arazi
Ronald Agenor

Romanian
Andrei Pavel
Adrian Voinea

Croatian
Goran Ivanisevic
Ivan Ljubicic
Mario Ancic

Belarussian
Max Mirnyi
Vlad Voltchkov

Dutch
Richard Krajicek
Kristof Vliegen
Dick Norman
Fred Hemmes Jr
Robin Haase

Georgian
Irakli Labadze
Teimuraz Gabashvili

Hebrew
Harel Levy

Armenian
Sargis Sargsian

Greek
Vasilis Mazarakis
Marcos Baghdatis

Luxembourgish
Gilles Muller

Swahili
Ronald Agenor

Haitian Creole

Ronald Agenor

Basque
Alberto Berasategui

Serbian
Novak Djokovic
Janko Tipsarevic

Latvian
Ernests Gulbis

Ukranian

Serhii Stakhovksy
Andrei Medvedev
Leo Stakhovsky
Sergei Bubka

Lithuanian
Ricardas Berankis

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Yves Allegro - French, German, Italian and English
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Roger speaks French, English, and German pretty well right?

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Marat Safin 3 - Russian, Spanish and English
Andrei Pavel 3 - Romanian, English and German
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Re: Multilingual players

Andrei Pavel speaks also italian and Corretja too.they both spoke to me in a very good italian.

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Ivanisevic speaks Croatian, German and English
Meligieni Spanish, Portguese and English
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Mark Goellner he is fluent in German, Spanish, Portuguese and English
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Notice how all the non-English players speak English but none of the native English speakers speak any other language *shakes head* I mean, you'd figure they'd put some effort into speaking at least French, seeing as how it's one of the Slams
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Notice how all the non-English players speak English but none of the native English speakers speak any other language *shakes head* I mean, you'd figure they'd put some effort into speaking at least French, seeing as how it's one of the Slams
I wonder if James Blake speaks any other languages. He's an "educated" fellah.

Roddick and Agassi are well-versed in Latin, ancient Greek, and Sanskrit. It's a shame they don 't get to use those much at the slams.

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Ferrero, Moyá Costa and Mantilla speak at least 3 (English, Spanish and Catalan), and probablh some of them also speak, like Corretja does, French, so they could be on 4.
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Arazi actually doesn't speak arab too well, even if it's his native language

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Are you talking about fusha (standard arabic) or Morrocan?
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It's different to speak a language than to know a few phrases.

It seems that most of these players (except the English speaking ones) speak their own language and English and maybe know something of another language as well. It would be more interesting perhaps to speak of the players who only speak one language.

Courrier spoke French, but he's the only American I know who bothered with a foreign language.
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Catalan? That sounds like a cool language.

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part of the reason is that most of these guys don't go to college and that's where you would learn to be proficient in a foreign language in the US. There's one, ONE player in the top 100 now who graduated college (and that's pretty much the only reason why I'm a Brian Vahaly fan).

At Harvard, I'm sure Blake took a foreign language.

Americans not being able to speak other languages has always been one of my pet peeves.

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