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How to pronounce the names of the biggest stars in tennis

Chris Chase
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Mine is Gilles Simon. Even though I know the name of the No. 10 ranked Frenchman is pronounced Jh-ill See-MON, me and my Yankee accent can never get it right when I say it aloud. (I think it's because whenever I read the name I think of former Arizona guard Miles Simon.)

We all have ours. Bud Collins still can't say Martina Navratilova's name right. Pam Shriver was annoying during the U.S. Open with her butchering of Yanina Wickmayer (and for many other reasons). And don't even get me started on Gael Monfils (pictured).

Of the major sports, tennis is arguably the most internationally diverse, which makes keeping straight the pronunciations of everyone's name is an endeavor in and of itself. To help, globo.com asked journalists from a dozen countries to correctly pronounce the names of their nation's most well-known players. Click the link, scroll down a bit and enjoy the show.

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