STRI research manager, Mark Ferguson, pays tribute to Eddie Seaward, former Head Groundsman at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon
It is with great sadness that STRI Group heard of the passing of Eddie Seaward in May 2019.
Eddie was one of the industries true gentlemen.
He became Head Groundsman at Wimbledon in 1990 and presided over a period of unprecedented change at the club. During his tenure at the club, Eddie saw the complete re-construction of the North side of the site, with a new No.1 Court and the famous Aarongi Terrace (Henman Hill/Murray Mount). Following this, the new No.2 and No.3 Courts were built and perhaps most famously, a retractable roof on centre Court in 2009.
Eddie’s legacy was complete with the staging of the Olympic Tennis Tournament, just three weeks after the 2012 Championships. Eddie’s final Championships.
Throughout all these changes Eddie’s focus was always on the grass. How could he improve the surfaces? He embraced change, using new cultivars of perennial ryegrass, new chemistries and new techniques. He was always thinking ahead and looking for new ways to improve consistency and playing quality of the famous lawns.
On a personal note, I worked with Eddie at six Championships. He was generous, friendly and made our small research team feel like part of his team.
He will be missed.
To make a donation to The Eddie Seaward Tribute Fund in aid of Macmillan cancer support click here.