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Bob Hewitt's letters in focus at trial

The state has described the letters the Hewitt wrote to one of his alleged victims as love letters.

Former South African tennis star Bob Hewitt in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court where he faces charges of rape and indecent assault. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Letters that former tennis champion, Bob Hewitt, wrote to one of his young students have continued to take centre stage during his rape trial and have been described as extremely inappropriate.

Three women claim he abused them, while he was their tennis coach in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sheehan and Theresa Tolken claim the 75-year-old raped them when he was their tennis coach more than three decades ago.

The third woman has opted to remain anonymous.

Hewitt, who took the stand at the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, has denied having a sexual relationship with any of his female tennis students.

The state has described the letters the Hewitt wrote to one of his alleged victims as love letters.

Hewitt, who was 41-years-old at the time, wrote three letters to Theresa Tolken who was 12-years-old at the time, describing his love for her.

He told her that his heart beats faster when he knows he is going to see her, that he wanted to kiss her and that he was available to her in soul, mind and body.

The former tennis player says he was trying to give her fatherly love which he didn't believe she was getting from home.

Hewitt says the letters were innocent and not sexual in nature.

The trial continues on Tuesday.