Matija Pecotić
Matija Pecotić
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Previous College: Princeton

Pecotić joins the Harvard men’s tennis team after a decorated career on and off the court at Princeton University. In the classroom, Pecotić earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and was voted a finalist for best senior thesis at Princeton. His academic performance helped him earn Academic All-Ivy as well as the William Winston Roper Trophy, which is awarded annually to “one Princeton senior man of high scholastic rank and outstanding qualities of sportsmanship and general proficiency in athletics”.

On the court, Pecotić was a force for the Tigers, serving as a captain for the team and playing in the No. 1 slot for both singles and doubles. His excellence on the court led him to become the first ever three-time Ivy League Player of the Year (2011-13). Pecotić’s success also earned him All-Ivy first team honors for three-consecutive years (2011-13) as well as 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.

After his time with the Tigers, Pecotić took on the professional circuit, competing in the ATP World Tour (2013-17). Competing in over 30 countries, Pecotić reached an ATP world ranking of No. 206, winning six professional titles and taking on four Grand Slams.

Outside of tennis, Pecotić is a candidate for a Master in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Using his tennis and business experience, Pecotić founded the Student-Athlete Mentorship Program in Croatia and Malta with the goal of linking student-athletes to D1 universities in the United States.