Sanam Singh, Matija Pecotic Join Men’s Tennis Coaching Staff

Sanam Singh, Matija Pecotic Join Men’s Tennis Coaching Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–The Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb '95 has announced the addition of Assistant Coach Sanam Singh and Volunteer Assistant Coach Matija Pecotić to the Crimson coaching staff.

"Sanam is an amazing addition to our team. He is not only a top-flight ATP player but he is also a fantastic mentor and teacher," said Rueb.  "Sanam has hit the ground running from his first day on campus. I think he had really fallen in love with Harvard and the amazing opportunities here for our students both on and off the courts."

Singh joins Harvard after serving as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of Virginia for the 2017-18 season. While with the Cavaliers, Singh played an instrumental role for the team, serving as a hitting partner, planning practice sessions tailored to player needs and constructing play strategies.

Following his time at Virginia, Singh worked with the United States Tennis Assocation (USTA) as a summer collegiate team coach, preparing athletes for various ATP Challenger events at Binghamton and Lexington.

As a player, Singh's competed on the ATP World Tour for six years (2011-17), reaching a career -high No. 138 in ATP World Doubles Rankings and No. 266 in ATP World Singles Rankings. Throughout his time on the ATP Professional Tour, Singh collected four ATP Challenger doubles titles, six runner-up ATP Challenger Doubles titles, reached an ATP 250 Doubles Semi-Final and won 10 ITF Futures Singles Titles along with eight ITF Futures Doubles Titles.

Singh's talent gave him the opportunity to compete internationally, representing India with six Davis Cup selections (2010, 2012, 13, 2014). Singh has accumulated hardware at the South Asian and Asian Games, winning a bronze, two silver and a gold medal in the Men's Doubles, Team and Mixed Doubles events.

During his collegiate career at the University of Virginia, Singh was a force on the court, ranking as high as No. 1 and No. 2 in the ITA Singles and Doubles collegiate rankings, respectively. Singh helped lead the Cavaliers to the ITA National Indoor Team Championship title and the ACC Team Championships for three-consecutive seasons (2008-11).

Singh graduated from Virginia in 2011, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs.

Alongside Singh, Pecotić joins the Harvard men's tennis staff as a Volunteer Assistant Coach.

"Our players are lucky to have the chance to learn from Matija's ATP tour experience," said Reub. "You just can't replicate that kind of ball or that level of opponent unless he is standing across the net from you. In addition, as a standout at Princeton, Matija knows how to mentor our student-athletes to succeed both on and off the court." 

Prior to joining the Crimson, Pecotić took on the professional circuit, competing in the ATP World Tour (2013-17). Traveling to over 30 countries, Pecotić reached an ATP World Ranking of No. 206, winning six professional titles and taking on four Grand Slams.

No stranger to the Ivy League, Pecotić was a decorated member of the Princeton men's tennis team. As a captain for the Tigers, Pecotić played in the No. 1 slot for both singles and doubles. His talents on the court led him to become the first three-time Ivy League Player of the Year (2011-13) in league history. Pecotić also accumulated three All-Ivy first team honors (2011-13) and an All-America honor in 2013. Over the course of his collegiate career, Pecotić reached as high as No. 2 in the NCAA National Singles Rankings.

Off the court, Pecotić excelled in the classroom, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. A finalist for best senior thesis at Princeton, Pecotić's academic success earned him several accolades, such as Academic All-Ivy and Princeton's William Winston Roper Trophy.

Pecotić is currently a candidate for a Master in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He also founded the Student-Athlete Mentorship Program in Croatia and Malta with the goal of linking student-athletes to DI universities in the United States.