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Bob Hewitt sentencing postponed

The tennis champion was found guilty last month on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

FILE: Former tennis champion Bob Hewitt. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

PRETORIA - Convicted rapist Bob Hewitt's sentencing has been postponed to allow his legal team to compile a report from a psychologist.

The tennis champion was found guilty last month on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

Three women testified during his trial, saying Hewitt took advantage of them when he was their tennis coach between the 1980s and 1990s.

Hewitt appeared briefly here at the High Court in Pretoria where his lawyer Terry Price argued that he needed more time before sentencing proceedings can begin.

Price wants to present a report by a psychologist, but has had problems receiving the court record.

The judge says he can't see how this will help but cannot pre-judge and postponed sentencing to 18 May.

The victims who were in court today say they're disappointed, one of them even flew from New Zealand.

They want Hewitt to be sentenced to jail for abusing them more than 30 years ago.