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Tennis

Unless you have been living under a rock over the past couple of years you have noticed that Serbia built up a big tradition in tennis.

It started with Serbia-born Monika Seles and Slobodan Zivojinovic who were the world's dominant players in the late 1980's.  Over the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in the number of professional tennis players representing the country of Serbia in Grand Slam tours, the WTA and the ATP world tours. The euphoria is visible among the fans, who come to work bleary-eyed after watching tennis at odd hours, expecting only top rankings. In what seems like a blink, Serbian players have become a force in professional tennis, with Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Novak Djokovic, Nenad Zimonjic, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki leading the way.

The Serbia Open is an ATP World Tour 250 series men's tennis tournament held in Belgrade. It is currently played on outdoor clay courts. The event was held for the first time in 2009 and it is hosted by Novak Djokovic. It is a first for Serbia, as the country never before hosted an Association of Tennis Professionals or a Women's Tennis Association tournament.

Serbian tennis players have demonstrated it more than once - only the great fighters make great players. When you see kids playing tennis in the streets, you realize what those tennis players have done for Serbia. So it is not about how large one’s country is, but the person’s spirit.

Tennis is very well developed in Serbia, especially in Belgrade where you can find good quality outdoor and indoor courts.


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