Bob Hewitt Suspended from International Tennis Hall of Fame

From the International Tennis Hall of Fame:

NEWPORT, R.I., U.S.A., November 15, 2012 – The Executive Committee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame has voted to indefinitely suspend South African tennis player Bob Hewitt from the Hall of Fame. Hewitt was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992. The suspension of Mr. Hewitt follows a comprehensive investigation conducted by Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP into multiple allegations brought concerning sexual misconduct involving Mr. Hewitt and minor students that he coached. The investigation was led by Michael Connolly, a former Assistant United States Attorney.


“Suspension of Mr. Hewitt is appropriate given the serious allegations that have been made and the findings presented to our Executive Committee,” said Mark Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. “After carefully considering the issue, we commissioned a thorough investigation by outside legal counsel. Our Executive Committee considered the findings of the investigation and has voted to suspend Bob Hewitt indefinitely. We feel suspension is the proper course of action on behalf of the Hall of Fame, the women who have made these allegations, and our sport.”



Tennis News Net Notes for May 21, 2012



  • The Boston Globe reported early on Monday that the International Tennis Hall of Fame has dropped its investigation of Bob Hewitt.  Almost a dozen women have accused the South African doubles specialist of sexual abuse between the 1970s and the early 1990s when he was their coach and they were underage.


  • Two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling told media that he’ll be missing the French Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics as he is still recovering from mononucleosis.
  • Other withdrawals from Roland Garros include the USA’s  Mardy Fish, Spaniard Pere Riba, Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, German Andrea Petkovic, Slovak Daniela Hantuchova, Hungarian Agnes Szavay, and Swiss Timea  Bacsinszky. They are replaced by Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic, Italy’s Simon Bolelli, Canada’s Frank Dancevic,  France’s Mathilde Johansson, Ukraine’s Lesai Tsurenko, Spain’s Laura Pous-Tio, and Argentina’s Paula Ormaechea.


  • The French Open Qualifying tournament begins on Tuesday.



HBO’s Real Sports To Feature Segment Which Focuses on Allegations against Bob Hewitt

On Tuesday, November 22, HBO‘s Real Sports Real with Bryant Gumbel will feature a segment on Bob Hewitt. Earlier this year, the Boston Globe conducted a six-month investigation that disclosed allegations of sexual abuse by several adult women against Tennis Hall of Famer Bob Hewitt. Hewitt won all four Grand Slam titles in both doubles and mixed doubles in the ‘60s and ‘70s.  The allegations against him, which reach back to the ‘70s, contend that Hewitt harassed and sexually abused girls as young as ten years old.  Although no formal charges were brought against the 71-year-old Australian, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted in 1992, has formed a committee to review the allegations.


Reall Sports correspondent Mary Carillo, who competed in the 1977 U.S. Open at Forest Hills when Hewitt captured the doubles title, travels to Hewitt’s home in South Africa and investigates the truth behind his controversial past.


The segment will make its debut on November 22, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.