Bob Hewitt

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Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt (1967).jpg
Bob Hewitt (1967)
Full name Robert Anthony John Hewitt
Country South Africa South Africa
Residence Transvaal, South Africa
Born (1940-01-12) 12 January 1940 (age 74)
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 "Bob" Anthony John Hewitt (born 12 January 1940) is a former professional male tennis player from Australia. After marrying a South African, he became a South African citizen.[2]

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)[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] His career prize money amounted to more than a million dollars.[citation needed] 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]

Allegations of harassment[edit]

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.[4] The investigation was prompted by the revelations of a former student in March 2011,[5] 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.[4]

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. 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 mixed 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.[6]

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."[7][8] Hewitt was charged with rape in June 2014 and will go on trail in 2015.[9]

Open-era doubles finals[edit]

Wins (54)[edit]

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

Grand Slam Doubles Finals (15 wins, 5 losses)[edit]

Men's Doubles (9 wins, 4 losses)[edit]

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

Mixed Doubles (6 wins, 1 loss)[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Hohler, Bob (28 August 2011). "Tennis star trailed by allegations of abuse". Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Solis, Jennifer (24 March 2011). "Ex-board member recounts sexual assaults". Daily News (Newburyport, Massachusetts). Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tennis great slates Bob Hewitt". iol.co.za. 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. Addo 
  7. ^ 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 |url= missing title (help). [dead link]
  8. ^ "Abuse claims cost former tennis champion Bob Hewitt his place in sport's Hall of Fame". The Australian. 16 November 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27738159

Reference bibliography[edit]

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

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