Vania King, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Andrea Petkovic and Caroline Wozniacki are going back to school.
The quartet of WTA stars are among 10 athletes participating in the Crossover Into Business program at Harvard University this fall.
The program is a semester-long initiative by Harvard in which professional athletes learn about business by working directly with current MBA students.
Built to help professional athletes be better prepared for business activities during and after their active sports careers, it matches athletes with a pair of Harvard Business School’s MBA student mentors.
These mentors help the athletes develop their business sense, and empower them to make better business decisions, all in a way that fits the athletes’ busy lives, is tailored to their interests, and leverages the Harvard Business School case method.
Among the requirements, the four players, the first from the WTA to participate in the program, attended one full day of classes with MBA students at Harvard on Monday, Sept. 9.
They will now work remotely on a case study throughout the fall semester, and with another with a small group of Harvard MBA students on a project to be completed virtually between Dec. 4-6.
Launched in the fall of 2017, the program runs at Harvard twice per year, once in each semester. The program is the latest in a line of WTA initiatives to help players prepare for life during and after the tour, which includes other academic partnerships with Indiana University East and the University of Florida.