Seena Hamilton, a visionary tennis personality wasn’t any ordinary woman. She was a tennis mom who revolutionized the sport that we hold dearly to our hearts.
Tennis, as we know it today, is at its peak. It is only fair to remember those who laid the foundation of the game that is loved by millions around the world. Seena was one of those personalities with some great ideas in her mind.
One of these ideas materialized and became something massive. She was the brain behind the junior tennis competition known as the Easter Bowl. In its time, it was one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year. People booked their tickets in advance to go and watch the young players compete at such a tough tournament.
The Brain Behind Easter Bowl – Her Greatest Gift To The Tennis Community
Young players require nothing more than a pair of tennis racquets and a platform on which they can showcase their talent. Seena had this great vision of blessing these aspiring teenagers with a platform that is not only competitive, but also provides the players with ample opportunities.
In April 1968, the first-ever Easter Bowl was held at the Midtown Tennis Club in Manhattan. This was the day when Seena felt a sense of relief. It was as though a part of her was fulfilled as she was able to reshape modern tennis as we know it today.
The major spotlight was on the 15-year-old from East St. Louis, III. Jimmy Connors. He was a shy little gentleman who went on to achieve great things after his introduction through the Easter Bowl.
The tournament was quite a spectacle. It gave equal opportunity to teenagers from the US to come and depict their tennis skills. With the progress of the tournament, the fireworks were not only happening on the stage, but people had also started to acknowledge how much of a revolutionary change this was.
While many might not have believed at the time. Some people surely knew the impact this tournament will have on improving tennis as a sport moving forward. It provided the opportunity to bring dynamism into the sport. This was once in the time easily the best tennis tournament for teenagers in the US.
Seena would be proud to know that her Easter Bowl tournament is now well above the fifty years mark. The idea which she once pitched with such enthusiasm is now bearing fruit. It is the only national tournament where boys and girls under 12, 14, 16, and 18 can compete without any hassle.
It proudly attracts around 600 participants annually and offers scholarships to some of the top-notch college programs in the US.
She Breathed Her Last at 92 – Peacefully Achieving Her Lifetime Goal
The brave, enthusiastic, and visionary tennis mom breathed her last in Kingston, N.Y. at the age of 92. The cause was cardiac arrhythmia, a sub complication of Alzheimer’s disease courtesy of her son, Bryan Fineberg.