Jerry Gu ’19 grew up watching professional tennis on TV with his father and little brother in his free time, and began to formally play at the age of five. Since then, his training has placed him second at two national tennis tournaments: the Boys 14 Closed Regional in Connecticut and Boys 14 and Under Closed Regional in Long Island. Now, he is on the PHS boys varsity tennis team.
For Gu, the mental aspects of the sport are what keep him engaged in the activity. “[You have to be] mentally very strong in order to do well in the sport … I am probably going to play singles, so no one can really help you. It’s just [you] on the court versus your opponent.”
Even early on in the season, Gu has already impressed his team with his experience and expertise at such a young age. “He has a great serve. He’s going in the right direction for sure. Getting more match play in high school will be really helpful for him. He’s going to get a lot of good wins this year, which will help boost his confidence and help him win even more,” said teammate Noah Lilienthal ’18. “We’re definitely going to need him for the very big matches.”
In addition to playing on the varsity team, Gu trains at the Princeton Tennis Program. A typical weekly schedule for Gu includes attending three clinics at the PTP, which are composed of two hours of on-court practice and half an hour of fitness. Gu also meets with his private coach, Glenn Michibata, a former pro-player on the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour, to review shots and work on specific skills.
Gu is currently training for the National Selection Tournament which will take place at Virginia Beach in May. With vigorous training now turning into competition, Gu has his sight set on performing well on the team and doing well individually at the state tournament.