Bob Hewitt, who is a former doubles champion and 72-year-old now, has been accused of sexually abusing his female students he used to coach.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame has taken the services of an attorney to find if the allegations are correct or not. If Hewitt is found guilty after the investigations, he could be suspended or even expelled from the Hall of Fame. It is pertinent to note that no one has ever been suspended or expelled from the International tennis Hall of Fame in its entire history.
Hinckley Allen Snyder, who serves as a lawyer with the Boston form, is taking notes from one of the accusers, Heather Conner. Conner has said that Hewitt forced her to have sex with him since she was 10-year-old.
She has criticized the International Hall of Fame for not taking any action against Hewitt until now. Its former president Tony Trabert had assured Conner of taking action last year but nothing was done.
Conner is not alone who has stood up against Hewitt, as the mother of another of his alleged victims has intended to sue him for raping her daughter.
She is one of the 20 mothers who used to live in Bedfordview, Kempton Park, Edenvale and their daughters used to get tennis coaching from Hewitt some 20 years ago.
The woman, whose name has been kept secret stated, “He had a massive property in Bedfordview then and he used to coach our children. But I started noticing a change in my daughter, and that was when she told me what was going on with Hewitt. It was 20 of us parents eventually who got together because we were all experiencing the same thing. It was then that we discovered what he was doing to our girls.”
She added, “Before we confronted him, some of us went to the coaching sessions and you could actually see him do it. You could see him fondle their breasts while he stood behind them and taught them how to hold their racket properly.”
Hewitt used to play amateur and then professional tennis in the 1960s and 70s. He won a combined total of 15 men’s doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.
The former champion was born in Australia but became a South African citizen after marrying a girl from South Africa. He was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992.