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Bob Hewitt starts prison term

The former tennis champion has handed himself over at the St Albans Correctional Facility in PE.

FILE: Bob Hewitt at the Palm Ridge magistrates court on 23 March 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted rapist and former tennis champion Bob Hewitt has handed himself over at the St Albans Correctional Facility in Port Elizabeth to begin serving his prison sentence.

Hewitt was denied leave to appeal his six-year jail term by the Constitutional Court last week.

In March last year, the former doubles Grand Slam champion was found guilty on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault against women he coached during the 80s and 90s.

Women and Men against Child Abuse director Miranda Friedmann says: "Bob Hewitt arrived before 7am this morning and he's officially started serving his sentence."

Friedmann adds that today marks the end of a long journey of untold stress and hurt for Hewitt's victims.

"They will forever pay for what he did to them, so he is finally being held accountable for crimes he committed to children who thought he had their best interests at heart."