Zdravko Mincek Athlete Profile

Zdravko Mincek

Zdravko Mincek
Height: 5-11 Roster Years: 1967-1971 Hometown: Split, Serbia And Montenegro Hall of Fame: 1982

  • 1982 Men's Tennis




All-America

  • 1969

1982 Hall of Fame Inductee

When Zdravko Mincek stepped onto the BYU tennis courts in 1967, Coach Wayne Pearce knew he had himself a winner. "Zee" had already established himself as a top tennis contender while playing in his native land of Yugoslavia.

He carried that fine tennis play through his years at BYU. He was a two-time All-America, finishing high in the NCAA finals in 1969 and making it to the semifinals a year later, battling future tennis star Roscoe Tanner for five sets before succumbing in the final set 10-8.

In Western Athletic Conference play, Zee was the 1970 singles champion. BYU won the WAC crown three times with Zdravko on the team (1969, 1970, 1971). During his years with BYU, the Cougars finished ninth (1968), 13th (1969), eighth (1970), and 16th (1971) nationally with Zee playing a key role in all four years except 1968.

Zee also performed well away from the Cougar courts. He was a member of the Galea Cup team from 1964-66 and the Yugoslavia Davis Cup team in 1966 and 1967. He played at Wimbledon and was the National Men's Doubles/Singles and Mixed Doubles champion of Yugoslavia in 1967 and 1968. He was the Durham County England Champion in singles and doubles in 1968.

Personal

  • Civil engineering major

Career Highlights

  • Member of the 1969 and 1970 WAC Championship team
  • An All-American
  • Semifinalist in the NCAA championships
  • 1970 Rice and Arizona Invitational champ
  • 1970 WAC No. 1 singles champ
  • Member of the Yugoslavia Davis Cup Team, 1966-67
  • Member of the Galea Cup Team
  • Has played in Wimbeldon matches
  • National men's doubles and singles and mixed doubles champion of Yugoslavia, 1967-68
  • Durham Co. (England) champion in singles and doubles with Patrick Landau, 1968


1967-1968 | Freshman Year

  • Helped the team to a No.9 national ranking

1968-1969 | Sophomore Year

  • Member of the WAC Championship team
  • Helped the team to a No. 13 national ranking

1969-1970 | Junior Year

  • Member of the WAC Championship team
  • Rice and Arizona Invitational champ
  • WAC No. 1 singles champ
  • Helped his team to a No. 8 national ranking

1970-1971 | Senior Year

  • Two-time All-American in his career
  • Semifinalist in the NCAA championships
  • Helped his team to a No. 16 national ranking