When Monica and her family first came to the US they were adamant that they would remain Yugoslavian and were here only here to improve Monica’s tennis. As most people know, the Seles family is ethnic Hungarian. The part of Yugoslavia that they came from was the most ethnically diverse in the country. It was with that multi-ethnic country that they identified. With the dissolution of the country into civil war, I think they felt that their country no longer existed. Add to that the fact that during the civil war, Monica was receiving almost constant death threats because she played for Yugoslavia, (even having to be evacuated from her house the night before her ’92 Wimbledon semi-final because of a bomb threat,) The threats continued even after Hamburg, and must have been even more frightening given her experience. It is hard to imagine how disturbing all of that must have been to a teenager who just wanted to play tennis and it isn’t surprising that Monica and her mother decided to become US citizens during that period. Interestingly, Monica does not mention any of this in her book, nor have I ever heard her speak publicly about the war although she has, on occasion, spoken eloquently on behalf of the children in the entire region.