Matej Zlatkovic is in his first season as the women’s tennis assistant coach at Florida State.
A former Division I student-athlete at Illinois State, Zlatkovic joins the Seminoles after three years working at nationally prominent universities on the women’s side, as well as three years at his alma mater Illinois State on the men’s side. Zlatkovic also served as a personal coach and hitting partner for many of the world’s top WTA players.
A native of Slovenia, Zlatkovic joins Florida State after his most recent stop as the Assistant Coach at Rice University. In his time at Rice, the Owl’s went 15-9 and qualified for the NCAA Championships after losing in the finals of the Conference USA Championships. He helped Rice reach a season-high ranking of 39 during the 2018 season.
“Everyone who has had the pleasure of working with Matej has commented on his unmatched work ethic,” said Hyde. “His All-In attitude coupled with a comprehensive understanding of the game and his care and development of players is the right fit for Florida State Tennis and will help us reach our ultimate milestone. He is ready and excited to move the needle and place FSU into even higher levels of greatness. He has worked among the best tennis minds and is poised to step right in and take this program to even greater heights.”
Before Rice, he played a similar role at the University of Pennsylvania, where he helped lead the Quakers to an 11-9 record, capped by an upset of Ivy League conference foe Harvard in the season’s final match. In addition, Zlatkovic helped guide senior Kana Daniel to the NCAA Singles Championship, as she advanced to the Round of 32. Zlatkovic joined the Quakers after two years at Yale, serving as the Interim Head Coach for the 2015-16 campaign.
Zlatkovic is no stranger to the men’s national collegiate tennis scene as well, as he worked for three years, from 2011 to 2014, as an Assistant Coach for Illinois State’s men’s tennis team. His duties at Illinois State ranged from coordinating fitness and training plans for players to providing tactical and technical advice during practice and match play.
In 2013, he also was as a traveling coach, tactical adviser 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 and No. 56 in doubles.
Zlatkovic served as a tennis instructor at Moussa Drame Tennis Club in Shelter Island, N.Y., where he has provided one-on-one instruction to tennis players every summer since 2010. Zlatkovic also worked as a tennis professional at Tennis Club As Litija and SG Tennis Company, both in Slovenia, where he instructed players of all ages and skill levels.
In 2007 and 2008, Zlatkovic participated as a hitting partner in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for top professional players, including former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Kirilenko, Katarina Srebotnik and Marina Erakovic.
Zlatkovic is also a decorated tennis player in his own right, having played on the Illinois State men’s team. He was selected as team captain at Illinois State in 2010 and 2011 and received Missouri Valley All-Conference recognition in 2009 and 2010 in singles and doubles. Zlatkovic holds a degree in Marketing Sales from Illinois State’s College of Business.
Zlatkovic is married to Mirinda “Mimi” Page, and they have one son, Niko.