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Bob Hewitt’s accuser gives details in court

The woman told the court that the tennis champion touched her inappropriately.

FILE: Bob Hewitt competes during a tennis match at Wimbledon on 26 June 1965. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - While tennis champion Bob Hewitt has pleaded not guilty to rape in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, one of his alleged victims has told the court how he abused her on a tennis training trip to Sun City.

The woman has told the court Hewitt, who is now in his seventies, was her tennis coach from the age of 12 to 13 when she lived in Bedfordview.

He faces two counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

The woman says after tennis lessons, Hewitt would kiss her, telling her he loved her.

She explained to the court that he would lie her down on the grass and lie next to her, then touch her inappropriately.

She claims that towards the end of 1980 Hewitt took her to Sun City for a tennis training event, where he stopped on the side of the road and instructed her to perform sexual acts.

She says when they arrived at Sun City later that day the tennis champion called her to his room and raped her.