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Bob Hewitt

Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt (1967)
Full name Robert Anthony John Hewitt
Country (sports)  Australia
South Africa (pre-1994)
Residence Eastern Cape, South Africa
Born (1940-01-12) 12 January 1940
Sydney, Australia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro 1970 (amateur tour from 1958)
Retired 1983
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $613,837 (Open era)
Int. Tennis HoF 1992 (suspended in 2012)
Singles
Career record 243–170 (Open era)
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 6 (1967, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1960, 1962, 1963)
French Open 4R (1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967)
Wimbledon QF (1962, 1964, 1966)
US Open QF (1967)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1972)
Doubles
Career record 481–124
Career titles 65
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1963, 1964)
French Open W (1972)
Wimbledon W (1962, 1964, 1967, 1972, 1978)
US Open W (1977)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (1977)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 6
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1961)
French Open W (1970, 1979)
Wimbledon W (1977, 1979)
US Open W (1979)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1974)

Robert Anthony John "Bob" 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]

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 7 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.[2] 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 Hewitt and minor students that he coached.[3] On 23 March 2015, Hewitt was found guilty of rape and sexual assault and subsequently jailed for six years on 18 May 2015.[4]

Contents

  • Allegations of harassment 1
  • Conviction for Rape 2
  • Open-era doubles finals 3
    • Wins (54) 3.1
  • Grand Slam Doubles finals 4
    • Doubles (9 titles, 4 runner-ups) 4.1
    • Mixed Doubles (6 titles, 1 runner-up) 4.2
  • References 5
    • Reference bibliography 5.1
  • External links 6

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.[5] The investigation was prompted by the revelations of a former student in March 2011,[6] 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.[5]

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. 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."[7] On 15 November 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."[8][9]

Conviction for Rape

Hewitt was charged with rape in June 2014 and went on trial in 2015.[10] On 23 March 2015, Hewitt was found guilty of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault by the South Gauteng High Court in South Africa and was sentenced in May to an effective six years in jail.[11][12]

Open-era doubles finals

Wins (54)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
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

Grand Slam Doubles finals

Doubles (9 titles, 4 runner-ups)

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 (2) 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)

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

References

  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. ^ "Bob Hewitt suspended from Tennis Hall of Fame after allegations of sexual abuse". The Boston Globe. 
  4. ^ "Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt guilty of raping girls in South Africa". Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Hohler, Bob (28 August 2011). "Tennis star trailed by allegations of abuse". Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Solis, Jennifer (24 March 2011). "Ex-board member recounts sexual assaults". Daily News (Newburyport, Massachusetts). Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Brett Haber (30 May 2012). "A Conversation With Billie Jean King". Washingtonian. 
  8. ^ The Boston Globe http://www.boston.com/sports/other-sports/tennis/2012/11/15/bob-hewitt-suspended-from-tennis-hall-fame-after-allegations-sexual-abuse/UzoCXETG9wKYN2PmS09sKK/story.html. 
  9. ^ "Abuse claims cost former tennis champion Bob Hewitt his place in sport's Hall of Fame". The Australian. 16 November 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27738159
  11. ^ http://www.news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/News/Bob-Hewitt-found-guilty-of-rape-20150323
  12. ^ http://ewn.co.za/2015/05/18/Bob-Hewitt-sentenced-to-effective-6-years-in-jail

Reference bibliography

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

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