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Meet Harvard MBA Turned Tennis Star: Matija Pecotic

This Harvard Business School MBA grad has gone from acing his real estate investments to acing top tennis players—all while working full-time

Tue Mar 14 2023

It’s not everyday that a top sports star brings MBA credentials into play. 

Yet, when you think about the kind of skills that make MBA students successful—communication, leadership, strategic thinking—you can see how such talents can be transferrable to a high intensity sport such as tennis.

33-year-old Matija Pecotic has a full-time career in real estate investment. He’s quickly risen to become a breakout tennis player after winning against Jack Sock, a former top-10 player, at a tournament that took place in Florida in February.

The Harvard MBA alum reportedly isn’t interested in giving up his job as a director at Wexford Real Estate Investors in Florida—instead, he plans to play around 25 tennis matches in 2023 alongside his top MBA job. 

Matija—who is Croatian but was born in Serbia—even counts billionaire investor and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, Bill Ackman, among his supporters. Matija has received sponsorship and mentoring from Ackman, helping him make his tennis dreams a reality. 

There can be little doubt that Matija’s ambitious hunger would have helped make him successful as an MBA candidate at the prestigious Harvard Business School. 

The world-leading b-school offers electives such as Strategy Execution, Motivation and Incentives, and the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports, providing plenty of off the court learnings to inspire his actions on the court. 

Harvard MBA regularly invites public figures to provide guest lectures about their business ventures, previous visits have included reality star and business mogul Kim Kardashian, who gave a marketing talk to MBAs. Convicted fraudster Anna Delvey has also been invited to speak

Judging by his tennis success and business prowess, it’s likely that Matija will pay a visit to his alma mater in the near future.

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