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Robert Anthony John Hewitt (born 12 January 1940) is a former professional tennis player from Australia. In 1967, after marrying a South African, he became a South African citizen.[2] He has won 15 major titles and a career Grand Slam in both men's and mixed doubles.

Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt (1967).jpg
Bob Hewitt (1967)
Full nameRobert Anthony John Hewitt
Country (sports) Australia
 South Africa (pre-1994)
ResidenceEastern Cape, South Africa
Born (1940-01-12) 12 January 1940 (age 79)
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro1970 (amateur tour from 1958)
Retired1983
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$613,837 (Open era)
Int. Tennis HoF1992 (suspended in 2012)
(expelled in 2016)
Singles
Career record243–170 (Open era)
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 6 (1967, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1960, 1962, 1963)
French Open4R (1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967)
WimbledonQF (1962, 1964, 1966)
US OpenQF (1967)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1972)
Doubles
Career record481–124
Career titles65
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1963, 1964)
French OpenW (1972)
WimbledonW (1962, 1964, 1967, 1972, 1978)
US OpenW (1977)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1977)
Mixed doubles
Career titles6
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1961)
French OpenW (1970, 1979)
WimbledonW (1977, 1979)
US OpenW (1979)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1974)

Convicted in 2015 of rape and sexual assault of minors (girls he was coaching in the 1980s and 90s), Hewitt was sentenced to an effective six years in jail, and was subsequently permanently expelled from the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Early lifeEdit

Hewitt was born and grew up in Dubbo, Australia, 400 kilometres west of Sydney.[3][4] In the 1970s, he and his South African wife Dalaille (née Nicholas) moved to Johannesburg, South Africa.[4][5][6][7] He is now a South African citizen.[5][8]

CareerEdit

Hewitt's most significant accomplishment was winning all Grand Slam doubles titles, both in men's and mixed doubles (US Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open)[2] and being central to South Africa's only Davis Cup title in 1974. That victory was controversial, with India boycotting the final on the orders of its government due to South Africa's apartheid policies, which were affecting the ethnic Indian community of the country.

Hewitt achieved seven titles in singles and 65 in doubles.[2] He was ranked World No. 6 in 1967 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph.[1] In 1992 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, though in 2012 he was suspended and in 2016 he was expelled from the Tennis Hall of Fame for his convictions of rape and sexual assault.[2][9][10]

Grand Slam Doubles finalsEdit

Doubles (9 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-Up 1961 Wimbledon   Fred Stolle   Roy Emerson
  Neale Fraser
4–6, 8–6, 4–6, 8–6, 6–8
Runner-Up 1962 Australian Championships   Fred Stolle   Roy Emerson
  Neale Fraser
6–4, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6, 9–11
Winner 1962 Wimbledon   Fred Stolle   Boro Jovanović
  Nikola Pilić
6–2, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1963 Australian Championships   Fred Stolle   Ken Fletcher
  John Newcombe
6–2, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 1964 Australian Championships   Fred Stolle   Roy Emerson
  Ken Fletcher
6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 4–6, 14–12
Winner 1964 Wimbledon (2)   Fred Stolle   Roy Emerson
  Ken Fletcher
7–5, 11–9, 6–4
Runner-Up 1965 French Championships   Ken Fletcher   Roy Emerson
  Fred Stolle
8–6, 3–6, 6–8, 2–6
Runner-Up 1965 Wimbledon   Ken Fletcher   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
5–7, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1967 Wimbledon (3)   Frew McMillan   Roy Emerson
  Ken Fletcher
6–2, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 1972 French Open   Frew McMillan   Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
6–3, 8–6, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 1972 Wimbledon (4)   Frew McMillan   Stan Smith
  Erik van Dillen
6–2, 6–2, 9–7
Winner 1977 US Open   Frew McMillan   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 6–0
Winner 1978 Wimbledon (5)   Frew McMillan   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
6–1, 6–4, 6–2

Mixed Doubles (6 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1961 Australian Championships   Jan Lehane O'Neill   Mary Carter Reitano
  John Pearce
9–7, 6–2
Runner-Up 1963 Wimbledon   Darlene Hard   Margaret Court
  Ken Fletcher
9–11, 4–6
Winner 1970 French Open   Billie Jean King   Françoise Dürr
  Jean-Claude Barclay
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1977 Wimbledon   Greer Stevens   Betty Stöve
  Frew McMillan
3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 1979 French Open (2)   Wendy Turnbull   Virginia Ruzici
  Ion Ţiriac
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 1979 Wimbledon (2)   Greer Stevens   Betty Stöve
  Frew McMillan
7–5, 7–6(9–7)
Winner 1979 US Open   Greer Stevens   Betty Stöve
  Frew McMillan
6–3, 7–5

Open-era doubles finalsEdit

Wins (54)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1970 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard   Frew McMillan   Ilie Năstase
  Ion Ţiriac
7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 1. 1970 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay   Frew McMillan   Ilie Năstase
  Ion Ţiriac
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 1970 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Frew McMillan   Tom Okker
  Nikola Pilić
6–3, 7–5, 6–2
Winner 3. 1972 Bournemouth, England Clay   Frew McMillan   Ilie Năstase
  Ion Ţiriac
7–5, 6–2
Winner 4. 1972 French Open, Paris Clay   Frew McMillan   Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
6–3, 8–6, 3–6, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 1972 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Ion Ţiriac   Jan Kodeš
  Ilie Năstase
6–4, 0–6, 6–3, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 1972 Bristol, England Grass   Frew McMillan   Clark Graebner
  Lew Hoad
6–3, 6–2
Winner 6. 1972 Wimbledon, London Grass   Frew McMillan   Stan Smith
  Erik van Dillen
6–2, 6–2, 9–7
Winner 7. 1972 Tanglewood, U.S. Other   Andrew Pattison   Jim McManus
  Jim Osborne
6–4, 6–4
Winner 8. 1972 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay   Frew McMillan   Paul Gerken
  Humphrey Hose
7–6, 6–4
Winner 9. 1972 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay   Frew McMillan   Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
6–2, 6–3
Winner 10. 1972 Albany, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Ove Nils Bengtson
  Björn Borg
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 1974 Little Rock, U.S. Carpet   Vitas Gerulaitis   Jürgen Fassbender
  Karl Meiler
0–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 1974 Washington WCT, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–3
Winner 12. 1974 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet   Frew McMillan   Pierre Barthès
  Ilie Năstase
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 13. 1974 Munich WCT, Germany Carpet   Frew McMillan   Pierre Barthès
  Ilie Năstase
6–2, 7–6
Winner 14. 1974 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard   Frew McMillan   Jim McManus
  Andrew Pattison
6–2, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 15. 1974 World Doubles WCT, Montreal Carpet   Frew McMillan   Owen Davidson
  John Newcombe
6–2, 6–7, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 1974 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Raymond Moore
  Andrew Pattison
4–6, 7–5, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1974 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 16. 1974 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Frew McMillan   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 17. 1975 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet   Frew McMillan   José Higueras
  Balázs Taróczy
6–2, 6–2
Winner 18. 1975 Munich WCT, Germany Carpet   Frew McMillan   Corrado Barazzutti
  Antonio Zugarelli
6–3, 6–4
Winner 19. 1975 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay   Frew McMillan   Arthur Ashe
  Tom Okker
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 1975 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard   Frew McMillan   Arthur Ashe
  Tom Okker
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 1975 Tehran, Iran Clay   Frew McMillan   Juan Gisbert
  Manuel Orantes
5–7, 7–6, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 20. 1975 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Charlie Pasarell
  Roscoe Tanner
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 21. 1976 Columbus WCT, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Arthur Ashe
  Tom Okker
7–6, 6–4
Winner 22. 1976 Baltimore WCT, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Ilie Năstase
  Cliff Richey
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 1976 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Rod Laver
  Dennis Ralston
6–7, 6–7
Winner 23. 1976 Montreal, Canada Hard   Raúl Ramírez   Juan Gisbert
  Manuel Orantes
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 1976 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Brian Gottfried   Dick Stockton
  Roscoe Tanner
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 1976 Madrid, Spain Clay   Frew McMillan   Wojtek Fibak
  Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 1976 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Frew McMillan   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–7, 4–6
Winner 24. 1976 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 4–0 RET
Winner 25. 1976 Cologne, Germany Carpet   Frew McMillan   Colin Dowdeswell
  Mike Estep
6–1, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 26. 1976 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 27. 1977 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Wojtek Fibak
  Tom Okker
6–1, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 12. 1977 Little Rock, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Colin Dibley
  Haroon Rahim
7–6, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 28. 1977 Springfield, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Ion Ţiriac
  Guillermo Vilas
7–6, 6–2
Winner 29. 1977 San Jose, U.S. Hard   Frew McMillan   Tom Gorman
  Geoff Masters
6–2, 6–3
Winner 30. 1977 Palm Springs, U.S. Hard   Frew McMillan   Marty Riessen
  Roscoe Tanner
7–6, 7–6
Winner 31. 1977 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Frew McMillan   Charlie Pasarell
  Erik van Dillen
6–2, 6–0
Winner 32. 1977 La Costa, U.S. Hard   Frew McMillan   Ray Ruffels
  Allan Stone
6–4, 6–2
Winner 33. 1977 Los Angeles PSW, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
6–3, 6–4
Winner 34. 1977 Jackson, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Phil Dent
  Ken Rosewall
6–2, 7–6
Runner-up 13. 1977 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Raúl Ramírez   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 35. 1977 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Karl Meiler   Phil Dent
  Kim Warwick
3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 1977 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Colin Dowdeswell   Jürgen Fassbender
  Karl Meiler
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 15. 1977 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay   Roscoe Tanner   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
3–6, 6–7
Winner 36. 1977 Montreal, Canada Hard   Raúl Ramírez   Fred McNair
  Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 37. 1977 U.S. Open, New York Clay   Frew McMillan   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 16. 1977 Tehran, Iran Clay   Frew McMillan   Ion Ţiriac
  Guillermo Vilas
6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 38. 1977 Madrid, Spain Clay   Frew McMillan   Antonio Muñoz
  Manuel Orantes
6–7, 7–6, 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 17. 1977 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Frew McMillan   Wojtek Fibak
  Jan Kodeš
0–6, 4–6
Winner 39. 1977 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Wojtek Fibak
  Jan Kodeš
6–4, 6–3
Winner 40. 1977 Cologne, Germany Carpet   Frew McMillan   Fred McNair
  Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 7–5
Winner 41. 1978 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Vitas Gerulaitis
  Sandy Mayer
6–4, 6–4
Winner 42. 1978 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Vitas Gerulaitis
  Sandy Mayer
6–3, 7–5
Winner 43. 1978 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Wojtek Fibak
  Tom Okker
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 18. 1978 Palm Springs, U.S. Hard   Frew McMillan   Raymond Moore
  Roscoe Tanner
4–6, 4–6
Winner 44. 1978 Denver, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Fred McNair
  Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 6–2
Winner 45. 1978 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Frew McMillan   Colin Dibley
  Geoff Masters
7–5, 7–6
Runner-up 19. 1978 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Raúl Ramírez   Álvaro Fillol
  Jaime Fillol
3–6, 6–7
Winner 46. 1978 London/Queen's Club, England Grass   Frew McMillan   Fred McNair
  Raúl Ramírez
6–2, 7–5
Winner 47. 1978 Wimbledon, London Grass   Frew McMillan   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
6–1, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 20. 1978 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Kim Warwick   Mark Edmondson
  Tom Okker
4–6, 6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 48. 1978 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay   Arthur Ashe   Fred McNair
  Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 21. 1978 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Víctor Pecci
  Balázs Taróczy
3–6, 7–6, 4–6
Runner-up 22. 1978 Cologne, Germany Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 23. 1978 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Frew McMillan   Peter Fleming
  Raymond Moore
3–6, 6–7
Winner 49. 1979 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Mark Edmondson
  John Marks
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 24. 1979 Toronto, Canada Hard   Heinz Günthardt   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
7–6, 6–7, 1–6
Winner 50. 1979 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–4
Winner 51. 1979 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 52. 1979 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Frew McMillan   Mike Cahill
  Buster Mottram
1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 53. 1980 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Frew McMillan   Colin Dowdeswell
  Heinz Günthardt
6–4, 6–3
Winner 54. 1980 Munich, Germany Clay   Heinz Günthardt   David Carter
  Chris Lewis
7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 25. 1980 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Frew McMillan   Kevin Curren
  Steve Denton
7–6, 4–6, 4–6

Allegations and conviction of sexual assault and rapeEdit

Bob Hewitt
Born
Robert Anthony John Hewitt
Criminal statusImprisoned
Conviction(s)23 March 2015 (guilty plea)
Criminal chargeChild grooming
Sexual activity with a minor
Penalty6 years imprisonment

In 2011, a six-month investigation by The Boston Globe disclosed allegations from one adult woman who was coached as a girl by Hewitt's assistant coach.[11] The investigation was prompted by the revelations of a former student in March 2011,[12] She claimed that, beginning in the 1970s, Hewitt abused or harassed her when she was as young as ten years old. Interviews with contemporaries, in the United States and South Africa, indicated that there had been no rumors about misconduct by Hewitt at the time of the alleged events. The South African Tennis Union investigated after 1992, but no legal action was ever taken against Hewitt.[11]

The Boston Globe's investigation and report of the victim prompted the request and was followed up by a letter signed by his alleged victim asking for his removal from the Hall of Fame. A November 2011 investigative piece by Mary Carillo of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel includes interviews with the alleged victim and others who claim that Hewitt abused them. Hewitt did not agree to be interviewed for the piece.

In May 2012, Hewitt's one-time mixed doubles partner Billie Jean King spoke to the Washingtonian, saying "I don't feel good about Bob Hewitt. I played mixed with him. We won the French Open together in 1970. I'm not happy. I am very upset."[13] On 15 November 2012, after months of investigation, Hewitt was deprived of his accolade in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. "His legacy ceases to exist in the Hall of Fame", said Mark Stenning, executive director of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. "As of today, his plaque will be removed from the Hall of Fame. His name will be removed from our website and all other materials, and from the perspective of the Hall of Fame, he is suspended from the Hall of Fame."[9][14] On 6 April 2016, Hewitt was permanently expelled from the Tennis Hall of Fame.[15]

ConvictionEdit

Hewitt was charged in June 2014 with rape of two underage students in the 1980s and 1990s, and went on trial in 2015.[16][17][18] On 23 March 2015, Hewitt was found guilty of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault of minors by the South Gauteng High Court in South Africa, and was sentenced in May to an effective six years in jail.[19][20][18] One of his victims, Theresa "Twiggy" Tolken, was 13 in 1980 when Hewitt, who was her tennis coach, raped her.[21] Heather Crowe Conner of West Newbury was a 14-year-old in 1975 when Hewitt began raping her.[21] Another victim, Suellen Sheehan, was 12 in 1982 when Hewitt assaulted her during a tennis lesson.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 428.
  2. ^ a b c d Grasso 2011, p. 135.
  3. ^ South African Panorama - Google Books
  4. ^ a b "Bob Hewitt sentenced to six years' jail for rape and sexual assault of underage girls in South Africa" - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  5. ^ a b "Tennis great Bob Hewitt returns to Dubbo" - ABC Western Plains NSW - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  6. ^ Bud Collins' Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis - Google Books
  7. ^ World Tennis - Google Books
  8. ^ Historical Dictionary of Tennis - John Grasso - Google Books
  9. ^ a b Bob Hohler (15 November 2012). "Tennis Hall of Fame removes Bob Hewitt". The Boston Globe.
  10. ^ "Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt guilty of raping girls in South Africa". Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  11. ^ a b Hohler, Bob (28 August 2011). "Tennis star trailed by allegations of abuse". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  12. ^ Solis, Jennifer (24 March 2011). "Ex-board member recounts sexual assaults". Daily News. Newburyport, Massachusetts. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  13. ^ Brett Haber (30 May 2012). "A Conversation With Billie Jean King". Washingtonian.
  14. ^ "Abuse claims cost former tennis champion Bob Hewitt his place in sport's Hall of Fame". The Australian. 16 November 2012.
  15. ^ "ESPN: Hewill expelled from Hall of Fame". Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  16. ^ Ex-tennis champ Bob Hewitt's appeal on rape conviction rejected
  17. ^ Ex-tennis doubles star Bob Hewitt charged with rape - BBC News
  18. ^ a b Tennis champion Bob Hewitt loses child rape appeal
  19. ^ Bob Hewitt found guilty of rape | News24
  20. ^ Bob Hewitt gets effective six years in jail
  21. ^ a b c Former tennis star Bob Hewitt ordered imprisoned - The Boston Globe

Reference bibliographyEdit

  • Grasso, John (2011). "Hewitt, Robert Anthony John "Bob"". Historical Dictionary of Tennis. Historical Dictionaries of Sports. Scarecrow Press. pp. 135–136. ISBN 9780810872370.

External linksEdit