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Ancic Delivers Lecture At Harvard

Mario Ancic© Emily Dupraz/Harvard LSMario Ancic

Croatia’s Mario Ancic educated some of America’s brightest sports law prospects about the history and structure of the ATP and the business side of tennis during a 90-minute lecture and question-and-answer session at Harvard Law School Thursday.

Ancic, who in 2008 graduated with a Law degree from the University of Split, also took the opportunity to tour the grounds of one of the world’s most famous universities, comparing it to walking the hallowed grounds of the world’s most famous tennis venue.

“It was like playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon,” Ancic said. “It’s even more than I imagined it would be, and I felt very privileged to walk the grounds and visit places like the Harvard Law School and the Harvard Business School. I saw where President Obama’s office was when he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review. There are so many famous people who have studied here who have gone on to change the world in many ways.”

The former Top 10 star dedicated himself to his studies in 2007 when glandular fever sidelined him from the ATP World Tour for six months. Ancic’s lecture at Harvard centered around his 68-page sports law thesis. Although he had delivered it before, there was extra pressure this time.

“I had given a couple of speeches before in Croatian, so it was a little more challenging delivering it in English, but I was prepared and I was really happy with the way it went.

“There were a lot of questions about tennis contracts, how the ATP operates, what benefits there are of being an ATP member, such as health insurance and a pension plan. I also talked about how I like to work closely with my agents when doing contracts.

“I really have to thank [Harvard’s visiting law lecturer and former IMG general counsel] Peter Carfagna for making this possible. He made me feel right at home.”

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