Thursday 19 October 2017

Ex-tennis champ Hewitt faces sex abuse inquiry

Australian tennis player Bob Hewitt, 1969. Photo: Getty Images
Australian tennis player Bob Hewitt, 1969. Photo: Getty Images

Ian Andrews in New York

THE International Tennis Hall of Fame has hired a lawyer to probe claims that a star of the 1960s and '70s sexually abused girls he coached.

Chief executive officer Mark Stenning said the lawyer was interviewing people who say they were abused by South African player Bob Hewitt (72), who won several Grand Slam events and was inducted into the hall of fame in 1992. Mr Hewitt does not face criminal charges, but the inquiry will help the US-based hall of fame determine whether to expel, suspend, or take no action against him.

Among those interviewed as part of the inquiry is Heather Conner, of Massachusetts, who said she was abused by Hewitt from the age of 15 and was forced to have sex with him.

Mr Hewitt, who lives in South Africa, could not be contacted.

Irish Independent

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