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Bob Hewitt : biography

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Robert "Bob" Anthony John Hewitt (born 12 January 1940 in Dubbo, New South Wales) is a former professional male tennis player from Australia. After marrying a South African, he became a South African citizen.

Hewitt's perhaps most significant accomplishment was winning all Grand Slam doubles titles, both in men's and mixed doubles (US Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open) 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 7 titles in singles and 65 in doubles. He was ranked World No. 6 in 1967 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph. In 1992 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In November 2012, he was indefinitely suspended from the International Tennis Hall of Fame following an investigation into multiple allegations brought forward concerning sexual misconduct involving Mr. Hewitt and minor students that he coached.

Allegations of harassment

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.

The investigation was prompted by the revelations of a former student in March 2011,

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. 

The International Tennis Hall of Fame has formed a committee to review the sexual abuse allegations along with requests for his removal from the Hall. The Boston Globe's investigation and report of the victim has prompted the request and was followed up by a letter signed by his alleged victim asking for his removal from the Hall of Fame. To date no action has been taken. 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 2012, Hewitt's one-time doubles partner Billie Jean King spoke to the Washingtonian, reportedly 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." Mark Stenning from the Tennis Hall of Fame confirmed that an investigation had been opened.

On November 15, 2012, after months of investigation in the claims and allegations that he sexually abused girls he coached, Hewitt was suspended 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."

Grand Slam Doubles Finals (15 wins, 5 losses)

Men's Doubles (9 wins, 4 losses)

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-Up 1961 Wimbledon AUS}} Fred Stolle AUS}} Roy Emerson Neale Fraser 4–6, 8–6, 4–6, 8–6, 6–8
Runner-Up 1962 Australian Championships AUS}} Fred Stolle AUS}} Roy Emerson Neale Fraser 6–4, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6, 9–11
Winner 1962 Wimbledon AUS}} Fred Stolle YUG}} Boro Jovanović Nikola Pilić 6–2, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1963 Australian Championships AUS}} Fred Stolle AUS}} Ken Fletcher John Newcombe 6–2, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 1964 Australian Championships AUS}} Fred Stolle AUS}} Roy Emerson Ken Fletcher 6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 4–6, 14–12
Winner 1964 Wimbledon (2) AUS}} Fred Stolle AUS}} Roy Emerson Ken Fletcher 7–5, 11–9, 6–4
Runner-Up 1965 French Championships AUS}} Ken Fletcher AUS}} Roy Emerson Fred Stolle 8–6, 3–6, 6–8, 2–6
Runner-Up 1965 Wimbledon (2) AUS}} Ken Fletcher AUS}} John Newcombe Tony Roche 5–7, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1967 Wimbledon (3) RSA|1928}} Frew McMillan AUS}} Roy Emerson Ken Fletcher 6–2, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 1972 French Open RSA|1928}} Frew McMillan CHI}} Patricio Cornejo Jaime Fillol 6–3, 8–6, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 1972 Wimbledon (4) RSA|1928}} Frew McMillan USA}} Stan Smith Erik Van Dillen 6–2, 6–2, 9–7
Winner 1977 US Open RSA|1928}} Frew McMillan USA}} Brian Gottfried Raúl Ramírez 6–4, 6–0
Winner 1978 Wimbledon (5) RSA|1928}} Frew McMillan USA}} Peter Fleming John McEnroe 6–1, 6–4, 6–2
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