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Inquiry to probe Hewitt sex claims

Retired tennis player Bob Hewitt will now be the subject of an inquiry following sex assault claims.

Tennis racket. Picture: Sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - The International Tennis Hall Of Fame (ITHF) on Wednesday hired an attorney to investigate allegations that former doubles champion Bob Hewitt sexually abused girls he coached.

Allegations against Hewitt surfaced last year when several women claimed they were sexually assaulted while underage.

He could face expulsion or suspension from the ITHF if the inquiry finds him guilty.

The 72-year-old has not been criminally charged even though the women who accuse him of sexual assault are pursuing legal action.

Hewitt won 15 Grand Slams titles during his career.

Hewitt currently lives in the Eastern Cape, and has not commented on the allegations.