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Players of Foreign Heritages

As we know, USA is a country of immigrants. Many people are descendants of those immigrants and may have multiple heritages (which I think is cool). I was curious about some of the players so I did some research on their background.

And this is what I have so far:

Daniel Kosakowski - Polish
Tim Smyczek - Polish
Austin Krajicek - Czech, related to Richard Krajicek who is "son of Czech immigrants".
Rhyne Williams - Italian (not 100% sure, a commentator referred to Nick Bollettieri and Rhyne's grandfather as the "two Italian American friends")
Tennys Sandgren - Swedish
Alex Domijan - Armenian
Robby Ginepri - Luxembourgish
Alex Halebian - Armenian
Alex Kuznetsov - Russian
Denis Kudla - Ukrainian
Bjorn Fratangelo - Italian
James Blake - mother is British
Dennis Novikov - Russian
Daniel Nguyen - Nguyen is a Vietnamese name
Rajeev Ram - Indian


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Stefan Kozlov - Macedonian (Russian)
Henrik Wiersholm - Norwegian
Michael Mmoh - Nigerian/Jamaican
Francis Tiafoe - father is from Sierra Leone
Noah Rubin - Jew
Thai Kwiatkowski - Pole/Vietnamese

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Re: Players of Foreign Heritages

Is Corinteli an Italian name?

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Domijan should be Armenian name... basically everything ended with -ian -jan -yan is Armenian, even Agassian lol

Had no idea Ginepi was Luxembourgish. Not Italian?

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Odesnik - Jew from South Africa (I know he's disliked but he shouldn't be ommitted )
Yani - Singapore
Sweeting - Bahamas
Zivkovic - Serbian
Berman - born in South Africa, I think he represented Australia? anyway Jew more than likely
Kevin Kim - Korean
Alexander Sarkissian - obviously Armenian
Kirill Kasyanov - with such name surely Russian or Bulgarian
William Boe-Wiegaard - sounds Norwegian, maybe Danish
Michael Redlicki - surely Polish surname
Vahid Mirzadeh - sounds Iranian
Joel Kielbowicz - Polish
Maciek Sykut - Polish

Plenty of other foreign sounding names in the rank though

Adam El Mihdawy sounds Egyptian. Witten is a Jew isn't he?

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Had no idea Ginepi was Luxembourgish. Not Italian?
I also thought Italian until I saw this:

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Robby Ginepri is of Luxembourgish ancestry.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robby_Ginepri

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I also thought Italian until I saw this:



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robby_Ginepri
Oh actually many Italians went to work in Germany in the 60s, probably to Luxembourg too (these rich countries), this could be the reason

I updated my list in post above. I'm sure about Polish names and about these more known players.

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Oh actually many Italians went to work in Germany in the 60s, probably to Luxembourg too (these rich countries), this could be the reason

I updated my list in post above. I'm sure about Polish names and about these more known players.
I was about to post about Yani, but you already beat me to it. Thanks for the list

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"Klahn Name Meaning North German (Klähn): topographic name from Lower Saxony field names Klähn or Klähn, of unknown meaning. "

Nicholas Meister - German I think
Jason Jung - Chinese or Korean
Nikita Kryvonos - born in Ukraine
Michael Shabaz - Assyrian
Dennis Lajola - Hawaiian
Ernesto Escobedo - Mexican
Arthur Karagezian - Armenian?, ends in -ian
Phillip King - Taiwanese (Vania's brother)
Sahak Bazrganian - Armenian?, ends in -ian

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Sebastian Beltrame - Italian

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When Sebastian Beltrame qualified for his first professional tennis tournament last week in Vero Beach, he was not alone.

The Olympia senior's father, Lorenzo, was there, just like he has been as his son's coach for almost a decade. For the former pro from Italy who has worked with Pete Sampras and Jim Courier, among others, the achievement ranked right up there.
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Alizee and Sebastian don't play their fathers often. The Michauds estimate they last played each other two years ago. The Beltrames met two years ago at Lake Nona, thanks to the prodding of Lorenzo's father, Sergio, who was visiting from Italy.

Sergio offered $200 to the winner. Sebastian, a Harvard signee, won and took his father to dinner.

"I was pretty happy about it, even though I wasn't going to tell him in that instant," Sebastian said. "I bring it up sometimes to mess with him."

Said Lorenzo: "It's the only match I lost where I was happy [to lose]."

Nothing, though, topped that moment when Sebastian qualified in Vero Beach.

"I gave him a big, meaningful smile, like a thank you,'' Sebastian said. "This is something we've been working for."
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Jason Jung - Chinese or Korean
For orientals, the -ung last names are almost always Korean. I don't think there's a chance he's chinese unless you read something somewhere hinting he was.
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For orientals, the -ung last names are almost always Korean. I don't think there's a chance he's chinese unless you read something somewhere hinting he was.
I couldn't find anything on his background so I narrowed it down between these two based on the origins of the name from this website: http://www.americanlastnames.us/J/JUNG.html

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Meaning Nickname: The young. From French 'le Jeune.'
Origin English, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Korean, Polish
Rank 1,896 (2000 US census) 2,736 (1990 US census)
Count 17,395 (2000 US census)

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Re: Players of Foreign Heritages

From the same site, there were 292 "Sock" in the 2000 census. It is not common after all
Also 115 "Styslinger", not much information

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