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Bob Hewitt trial: Former student has no knowledge of any wrongdoing

Hewitt is on trial for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting three women.

FILE: 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 - One of Bob Hewitt's former tennis students has testified that she has no knowledge of him doing anything wrong.

Hewitt is on trial in a High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting three women.

The three women, including Suellen Sheehan and Theresa Tolken, claim the 75-year-old raped them when he was their tennis coach between the 1980s and 1990s.

Hewitt denies all charges.

The third woman has opted to remain anonymous.

Hewitt's former student, who doesn't want to be identified, was coached by him about 30 years ago and knows two of the alleged victims in the rape and sexual assault trial.

The woman says she was coached by Hewitt in the early 1980s and denies any knowledge of wrongdoing on his part.

She says it was normal for coaches to keep tennis balls in their shorts and show the students how to handle the tennis racket.

She says she had heard rumours of Tolken being abused but never thought anything of it.

The state meanwhile says it intends reopening its case.

An application will be lodged once the prosecutor has made contact with another potential witness.

Sheehan's parents Judy and Michael also testified on Tuesday, saying that their daughter never mentioned that she was abused or raped and they first heard about it in the media.

Michael Sheehan says when he did ask his daughter about the allegations, she only told him that Hewitt had peaked down her top and he told her to get over it.

The defence will call one last witness today, but it's unclear at this stage who that will be.