Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Kuhnle won the Suffolk County individual title on Wednesday afternoon, defeating second-seed Stephen Gruppuso of Bayport-Blue Point 6-4, 6-0 in finals.
Kuhnle and Gruppuso both entered the final with unblemished records in singles on the season. At 4-4 in the opening set, Kuhnle secured a key break point to go up 5-4, and consolidated it with a hold to take the first set 6-4.
With momentum on his side, Kuhnle took control in the second, winning all six games en route to the straight set victory.
Kuhnle and Gruppuso will both be representing Suffolk County and Long Island at the state championships, which start on Thursday, May 28 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Cannon Kingsley of Northport will also be heading to states. Kingsley defeated East Islip’s Emmanuel Vacalares 6-2, 6-2 in the third-place matchup.
In doubles, the Suffolk County final was an all-Half Hollow Hills West affair as Dylan & Duane Davis met teammates Jackson Weisbrot & Evan Nierman. The Davis Brothers defended their title from a year ago, beating Weisbrot & Nierman 6-2, 6-2.
Joining both Hills West pairs at the state tournament will be Ross Reiffman & Tyler London of Half Hollow Hills East. Reiffman & London defeated Alex Amadio & Nick Gajda of Smithtown West in the third place match.
Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.