Leading up to the Nassau County Individual Championships this past weekend, Roslyn’s Gavin Koo & Drew Hassenbein stayed late after practices and even playoff matches to develop a chemistry on the doubles court together.
Both Koo, a junior, and Hassenbein, a seventh-grader are typically singles players, but teamed up to compete in the doubles draw, in pursuit of a county title.
“The commitment the two of them had to practice together after our matches, to come in early and stay late, says so much about them,” said Roslyn head coach Kerri Jannotte-Hinkley.
That commitment paid off, as the Roslyn duo captured the Nassau County doubles title, defeating Wheatley’s Aaron Raja & Kavin Shukla 7-5, 7-5 in a tightly-contested championship match.
Wheatley's Aaron Raja & Kavin Shukla were the runner-ups in the 2022 Nassau County Doubles Championships.
“We trusted each other out there,” said Hassenbein. “It’s a long weekend, and there are lots of ups and downs, so we made sure to pick each other up during matches. I also think we did a good job of making sure we got off the court when we needed to in those opening round matches to stay fresh for today.”
Koo reached the doubles final a year ago alongside Ethan Solop, and was able to lean on the experience he developed last year.
“It’s amazing, it’s such a great feeling,” said Koo. “I was here last year and we unfortunately came up short. Chemistry matters so much in doubles, and it was great that Drew and I were able to develop that. He’s such a talented player, and still has a lot of time to continue getting better as well.”
“They are both so coachable, and that makes all the difference. For them to be able to use each other’s talents, not get frustrated with each other, which can happen in doubles, says a lot about them. It’s all about trust, and that is what we have been preaching as a team all season.”
In the third-place match, Candrin Chris & Amir Pazy beat their Port Washington teammates Daniel Greilsheimer & Reed Paltrow. All four doubles teams will be headed to the New York State Public School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships, which will run from Thursday, June 2 through Saturday, June 4 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
2022 Nassau County Boys’ Doubles Results
1) Gavin Koo/Drew Hassenbein - Roslyn
2) Aaron Raja/Kavin Shukla - Wheatley
3) Candrin Chris/Amir Pazy - Port Washington
4) Daniel Greilsheimer/Reed Paltrow - Port Washington
Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.