The United Kingdom and the United States yesterday shared the ignominy of failing to get a single representative through to the second round of the men's singles of the French Open.
The question of hunger is one that will receive a full airing over the coming weeks when Wimbledon brings with it the annual blow-torch of scrutiny on home failings.
Tipsarevic said: "People have to understand that what we have in tennis came from mud, from nothing. There was no big tennis academy and no big tennis federation behind the success. Nobody invested one dollar or one euro except our parents."
Like the two women, he managed to learn his tennis largely outside the country once he had been spotted as an unusual talent, but Tipsarevic has spent more time at home
"Maybe I would be a better player now if I had been practising more in Spain or Florida," he said. "We had really bad political issues. We had Milosevic in power who not only destroyed our country but completely destroyed our sport.
"But tennis is the No 1 sport in Serbia right now," he said. "We are going to play our Davis Cup tie against Australia in September in a 20,000-seat arena, nobody could have dreamed of that."
Ivanovic described the group as ambassadors' for Serbia and they might do a better job than any international public relations firm could manage.
Tipsarevic found himself one of the few men through to the third round as rain once again caused disruptions.