Boys Tennis: SWR junior loses first match of year at states

Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Kuhnle, the first county champion for the Wildcats in over 20 years, carried a perfect 25-0 record into the New York State Championships.

On Friday morning, Kuhnle saw that perfection come to an end. 

After winning his first two matches of the singles tournament Thursday at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, Kuhnle lost in the quarterfinals. Kuhnle, who hadn’t faced a third set all season, lost in two sets to No. 1 Matt Gamble of Webster Schroeder.

Gamble won 6-4, 6-2 against Kuhnle, advancing to the semifinals where he won again. Gamble will play in the finals Saturday morning.

Kuhnle, the No. 8 seed in the bracket, won his first two matches in straight sets. He defeated Darshan Rammohan, 6-0, 6-1, and then Brady Berman of Jericho, 6-1, 6-0.