Bethanie Mattek-Sands is fresh off her mixed doubles triumph with Jamie Murray at the US Open. One would think the American would follow up a major title win with some down time, but not for Mattek-Sands. The 34-year-old is headed back to school at Harvard University.
#FirstDayOfSchool ???? Packed up my #USOpen hardware and drove straight to Cambridge so I could attend my first class at Harvard Business School ???????? Really amped for this opportunity to be around and learn from some of the worlds top business minds! #BusinessCrossover ???? #GameSetMattek ????????♀️ #StudentAthlete ???????? #LivingMyBestCampusLife
Mattek-Sands will be participating in a crossover program at the Harvard University Business program. She's joined by Caroline Wozniacki, Vania King and Andrea Petkovic, who are also registered in the semester-long initiative.
The Harvard program allows professional athletes to learn about business by working directly with current MBA students. These mentors help guide professional athletes and develop their business sense in a way that is tailored towards their interest and fits into their hectic lives.
What’s cooler than attending a Harvard Business School program? Not much, but @Rbjf_99 taking a @wta group shot with @anitaelberse comes really close! Note: We are NOT MBA students, we are attending the @HarvardHBS Crossover to Business program, educating athletes about business. pic.twitter.com/hRVNSRSz25— Vania King (@queen_v21) September 10, 2019
The four players attended a full day of classes at Harvard on Monday and will continue their studies remotely until the end of the year. The players will be working on a project with current MBA students that will be virtually completed in December.
The Harvard program was launched in the fall of 2017 and runs twice per year. The semester-long course is the latest of WTA initiatives to assist players in preparing for life after the tour.
Not sure how this happened but Hey Harvard! Can't wait to start the program! ???????? pic.twitter.com/EOoKYhaQli— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) June 25, 2016
It seems that the quartet plan to follow in Maria Sharapova's footsteps. The five-time Grand Slam champion took a global management and a leadership course at Harvard in 2016.