Before her final season playing high school tennis, Commack senior Emily Tannenbaum and her sister, freshman Kady, talked about playing doubles together at the end-of-the-year championships.
The duo made good on that pact, and compiled a dominant four-match run to win the 2021 Suffolk County Girls’ Doubles title, culminating in a 6-0, 6-0 victory over another sister pairing, Julia & Katelyn Stabile of Westhampton Beach, in the finals.
“We wanted to play at states together, but even though there wasn’t a state tournament, getting to play counties together was really fun,” said Kady.
The Tannenbaums, the tournament’s top-seeds, did not drop a single game in any of their matches. They attributed their success to the inherit connection between the two, which is key when they are competing alongside one another on court.
Commack senior Emily Tannenbaum gets ready to hit a forehand during the county doubles final
“We have a sister bond so the chemistry we have together is stronger than we could have with any other partner,” said Emily, who is heading to Annapolis to join the United States Naval Academy. “We spend so much time together, work well together, communicate well, and just have a lot of fun on court together.”
Commack head coach Jackie Clark added:
“I am so proud and a little emotional right now because this is Emily’s last Commack match,” she said. “We’ve been together since she was in seventh grade. Both the girls’ work ethics are unbelievable, their respect for the program and others is unparalleled. It’s been a pleasure and honor to coach players of this level. They have represented Commack incredibly and they did it with their game. They let their rackets do the talking…I’m looking forward to more journeys with Kady, and it’s been an amazing journey with Emily. She is such a great person and has a bright future ahead of her.”
While Kady hopes to be back competing for county titles in her next three years at Commack, Emily concludes her decorated high-school career with a county title next to her sister.
“We’re just grateful for the opportunity to play together,” she said. “It creates great memories. To end my career and all my years here with a win is everything you could ask for.”
In the third-place match, Juliana Barahona & Sandrine Becht of East Hampton defeated Sayville’s Jenna Guerra & Sasha Gagnon 6-2, 6-1.
Westhampton Beach's Katelyn & Julia Stabile
Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.