Coach Gerald Mathews has always been inspired to achieve greatness. Starting out as a star player in many sports including soccer, basketball, baseball, and eventually tennis.
Being born to a College basketball father who played for Yale University he was groomed to be a professional athlete. But it was not until he joined his high school’s tennis team that he knew he would make waves in the world of tennis.
It was shortly after this in college that Gerald met Grant Doyle, a former top 100 professional tennis player and current CEO of Advantage Doyle Tennis. It would be Doyle’s influence that would eventually inspire Gerald to seek young, passionate tennis players and help them achieve their own dreams of success. Thus Team G was born.
Gerald has only continued to cultivate and inspire up-and-coming tennis athletes. He takes a personal interest in each student to make sure they receive the most challenging and rewarding experiences that allow them to succeed. His students not only respect him as a coach, but also as someone they can trust and who keeps the game fun. Gerald’s dream is to see his pupils named Wimbledon champion.
Long is currently ranked #1 on CHS Junior Varsity team. While he loves the sport, Long only started playing tennis a year and a half ago. Long's tennis inspiration is Gerald Mathews. Long says Coach Mathews continues to show him anything is possible and that he takes time to know each players strengths and weaknesses and inspires and motivates the players, like himself. Long-term Long sees himself being ranked #1 on the CHS Varsity team and continue to play tennis throughout college.
Jacob began playing tennis by hitting off of the garage wall when he was 7 years old. He began attending clinics and took an occasional private lesson, playing his first tournament at age 8. At the age of thirteen Jacob has already accomplished so much, including a current ranking 17th in So Cal in 14s divison and a Tennis Recruiting rank of 68th for the class of 2019. His future goals include a Junior Grand Slam Championship, playing Division 1 College tennis, and eventually becoming a professional tennis player.
Karina Lammas has been with Team G for a year and a half and has made great strides! Her goal is to begin competing before the end of the year. Karina is also an actress, and a model. In addition to her commercials, she has been featured most recently in a Verizon Wireless commercial and McDonald's commercials, and some print jobs including companies like Reebok, Skechers, Old Navy and Neiman Marcus. Karina has a passion for tennis and is proud to be a member of Team G.
Scott is an 11-year-old currently playing on the national level. Her tennis inspirations are Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Katrina has been ranked #2 in the nation. Additionally, she has won the East Bowl Championship, Designated Long Beach Championship, Claremont National Singles Championship and the Winter National Doubles Championship, as well as the Winter National Singles Finalist. Team G Tennis has been a gift for Scott. Coach Gerald Mathews has given her the confidence she needs and different strategies to improve her game.
Lauren Tepper is playing level 4 and 5 tournaments. She admires Serena Williams for her drive, work ethic and intensity on the court. Currently, she is playing #1 Singles for her middle school tennis team at Viewpoint School. Temper's long-term goal is to play Division 1 college tennis. Team G Tennis team has allowed Lauren to push herself. Tepper also belongs to the National Charity League and volunteers for different charities.
Lukas Grossman is currently playing tennis at the B12 level. Although only 9 years old, he has won a couple of tournaments at the 10 year old level and has also pushed himself to play within the 12 year old level. His tennis inspiration is David Goffin and he enjoys playing for Team G Tennis because the fitness is challenging. He envisions himself playing tennis one day for a Division 1 college. Outside the courts, Grossman plays the piano and participates in the Certificate of Merit exam each year. Additionally, Grossman has volunteered his time on the community service project Citrus Sunday and has been awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles and Mitchell Englander.
Scalera is currently playing tennis at the Junior Opens level 4-5. Since he started playing tennis, Michael has received the Rookie of The Year, Most Valuable Player, and the All League awards for Chaminade Varsity tennis team. He has also been runner up in the Junior team sectional. Additionally, he has placed 3rd in a level 4 open this year and has achieved 3rd and 2nd place in multiple tournaments. His greatest achievement was ranking 68th in the 14 year old level for Southern California. Scalera's aspires to be like Roger Federer and his long-term goals are to one day receive a scholarship for a Division 2 school or higher, playing tennis all four years and hopefully win a championship. Scalera continues to return to Team G Tennis for the sense of community and that no other academy offers the full support and attention to athletes. The Team G Tennis program has given Scalera the opportunity to expand his game and dominate the court.
Shalkevich is part of the Team G Tennis team who aspires to be like Roger Nadal. Noah's long-term goal is to be playing at the high school and college levels. Team G Tennis continues to make tennis fun for Noah.
Timothy “Timo” Li began playing tennis with Gerald at age 7 after being introduced to the sport by his older sister Rebecca. From his very first lesson he knew he was “born to play tennis.” With hard work, a supportive family and Gerald’s guidance he has become one of the top juniors in Southern California. Thanks to Team G his national ranking has soared as well. He is inspired by Raphael Nadal with whom he shares the same birthday but is still working to have the volley of John McEnroe and the serve of Pete Sampras! For Timo though, improving his mental game will be the key to his success in junior tennis, college and beyond.
Hoyt has only been playing tennis for a little over a year now and within a short time has since mastered the sport. Wyatt is currently playing tennis for the Calabasas High School Varsity team. Hoyt's tennis aspiration is Coach Gerald Mathews, who not only taught him the game of tennis, but that passion and hard work can really pay off. Wyatt's long-term goal is to be playing tennis for college, and to continue playing throughout his life. When Hoyt is not found on the courts, he competitively races bikes.