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Bob Hewitt rape case postponed

Hewitt is being charged with rape and sexual assault of underage girls in the 1980s.

Bob Hewitt competes during a tennis match at Wimbledon in 1965. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The case against former tennis champion Bob Hewitt has been postponed to January 2014.

Hewitt is facing three charges in connection with the rape and sexual assault of girls under the age of 16 during the 1970s.

He was not in the Boksburg Magistrates Court today because he is apparently sick.

Hewitt also didn't turn up for his first court appearance because he suffers from anxiety and other health problems.

But one of his alleged victims was present in court and has blasted the former tennis champion, saying he is a coward and must face the charges next year.

A centralisation application has been submitted so that Hewitt can face all charges in one court.

He is currently living in Addo in the Eastern Cape.

Late in 2012, Hewitt lashed out against the claims the he had molested children when he coached them during the 1980s.

Last year, Hewitt told Eyewitness News that after researching one of the alleged victims, he found her story was flawed.

He said he would hire investigators to confirm the stories of all other victims to try and discount them.