PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head women’s tennis coach, Sanela Kunovac, has announced the hiring of Matej Zlatkovic as the Quakers’ new assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.
Zlatkovic comes to Penn with a familiar feel for the Ivy League, as he served as the interim head coach at Yale last season. He was promoted to that position after working as an assistant with the Bulldogs during the 2014-15 season.
Prior to his stay in Connecticut, the Slovenia native served as the assistant men’s coach at his alma mater, Illinois State. Zlatkovic spent three seasons with the Red Birds from 2011-14, with duties ranging from organizing fitness training to providing match strategies.
In addition to his collegiate knowledge, Zlatkovic also brings a wealth of professional experience to the Red and Blue. In 2013, he was the traveling coach and hitting partner for Polona Hercog, Slovenia's top-ranked professional women's tennis player who has been ranked as high as No. 35 in the world in singles.
Zlatkovic also previously served as a hitting partner at the Women's Tennis Association’s (WTA) Slovenian Open for top professional players, including former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo.
During his playing days, Zlatkovic served as a two-year captain for Illinois State from 2010-11, and received Missouri Valley All-Conference recognition in 2009 and 2010 in singles and doubles.
Zlatkovic holds a degree in marketing sales from ISU’s College of Business.