| By Brian Coleman

 

For the second straight season, the Suffolk County doubles champions reside at Ward Melville.

Aron Bursztyn & Shashank Pennabadi defeated Commack’s Matt Strogach & James Yu 7-6(5), 6-2 on Monday afternoon to claim the doubles title, and follow in the footsteps of Aron’s younger brother, Gabe, and Matthew Kronenberg, who won the county title for Ward Melville last year.

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Both normally singles players, the senior-freshman duo of Bursztyn & Pennabadi came together for the doubles tournament and quickly developed a chemistry that allowed them to flourish.

“I am so proud of Aron and Shashank today for winning the doubles championship, no small feat when you see the tremendous talent we have in the county,” said Ward Melville head coach Erick Sussin. “These two, although a senior and freshman who on paper look like an unlikely pairing, gel so well together.  Neither player carries the other one; they complement each other perfectly which makes it hard for the opponent to try and target who they suspect is the weaker one.”


The opening set of the final was a back-and-forth affair, with Bursztyn & Pennabadi jumping out to the early lead, only to see Strogach & Yu move ahead 5-3. The Ward Melville pairing brought the set back on serve and forced it into a tiebreaker.

“We played a rough beginning in the tiebreaker,” said Bursztyn.  “But we continued to fight and were able to win it.”

The duo carried that momentum into the second set, and quickly pounced on the return game to open up a double-break advantage. With Bursztyn serving and match point on the line, Pennabadi poached the net and hit a running backhand volley to close out the match and claim the county title.

“To end of my senior year like this, I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Bursztyn. “The goal now is to go win states and try to do our best there.”

Joining the Ward Melville and Commack pairings at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships will be Dylan D’Agate & Krithik Madisetty of Hills East, who defeated Comsewogue’s Angelo Guzman & Thomas McNulty in the third-place match.

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2022 Suffolk County Boys’ Doubles Results

1) Aron Bursztyn & Shashank Pennabadi – Ward Melville

2) Matt Strogach & James Yu – Commack

3) Dylan D’Agate & Krithik Madisetty – Hills East

4) Angelo Guzman & Thomas McNulty – Comsewogue


Commack's Matt Strogach & James Yu

 

Hills East's Dylan D’Agate & Krithik Madisetty 

 

Comsewogue's Angelo Guzman & Thomas McNulty 


 

 

Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at brianc@usptennis.com