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Seena Hamilton, a Pioneer in Youth Tennis, Is Dead at 92

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Seena Hamilton with Arthur Ashe at an Easter Bowl news conference in the 1980s.

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Robert Kenas

Seena Hamilton, a tennis mom who founded and directed the junior tennis tournament known as the Easter Bowl, a leading testing ground for young players on their way to college and pro careers, died on Saturday in Kingston, N.Y. She was 92.

The cause was cardiac arrhythmia, a complication of Alzheimer’s disease, her son, Bryan Fineberg, said.

A trade journalist and a marketing specialist, Ms. Hamilton found in the 1960s that she was the mother of a tennis prodigy, Fineberg, who was ranked among the top 12-year-olds in the Eastern United States. At the time, however, there were no national tournaments for junior players in the East, so Ms. Hamilton, whose family lived in New York City, started her own.

In April 1968, the first Easter Bowl, as the new tournament was called, was held at the Midtown Tennis Club in Manhattan. Its star attraction was a 15-year-old from East St. Louis, Ill.: Jimmy Connors.

“I remember he stayed at our house,” Mr. Fineberg said. (Mr. Connors did…

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