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Bob Hewitt Suspended from International Tennis Hall of Fame

International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
Contact: Anne Marie McLaughlin

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.”

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Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide, and enshrining tennis heroes and heroines. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com.

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Comment by Tim Prapong on November 15, 2012 at 6:12pm

After reading about a Glendale coach with similar charges and another coach on the WTA tour, one has to wonder just how much of this goes on worldwide.

Comment by Hal Wagner on November 15, 2012 at 5:02pm

Well done HOF, Mr. Hewitt does not deserve the honor.

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