I don't want to make this about Serbia.
I was impressed with Novak interview on "60 miniutes" as he describes the circumstances during thetime he was gowing up and dreaming to be a tennis player.
So even if we discount the level of suffering and hardship, for a small country like Serbia, it is still a major accomplishment to Have Ana and Jelea thrive at high level in the WTA.
That is my point.
Now, can contribute to the main topic of the thread?
"Serbia is the most remarkable story, for just few years, the country had gone an harrowing experience of war and violence, and yet these players came out of that situation and still excelled in this sport."
So, that what you wrote. When someone reads that it turns out that we have been bashed and on and on and on. So, I tell you it's not the case. It's exagerated. Fact. And I added that we had big champions in the past too, so it's not like Ana and Jelena "showed tennis to Serbia". Several Top 100 players (Nacuk, Jecmenica, SELEŠ...). I just have to correct you, since this a good topic.
Also I don't think the generation you named took the tennis out of the country clubs and the West. There were some great Romanians before, Bulgarians and once again Monika Seleš, born in Novi Sad (Serbia). Serena-Justine-Venus-Amelie-The Russians have popularized this sports. It's very important to note that the beautiful Russians, especially Maria and Kournikova, are one of the reasons why this sport has "thrived". Beauty in womens sport is very important... And on and on and on...they aren't the greatest, but are a part of the most competitive time in tennis!