Newport Tennis Hall of Fame Suspends Inductee Bob Hewitt

Ken Bell

Newport Tennis Hall of Fame release…

Bob Hewitt Suspended from International Tennis Hall of Fame

NEWPORT, R.I., U.S.A., November 15, 2012 – The
Executive Committee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame has voted
to indefinitely suspend South African tennis player Bob Hewitt from the
Hall of Fame. Hewitt was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992. The
suspension of Mr. Hewitt follows a comprehensive investigation conducted
by Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP into multiple allegations brought
concerning sexual misconduct involving Mr. Hewitt and minor students
that he coached. The investigation was led by Michael Connolly, a former
Assistant United States Attorney.


“Suspension of Mr.
Hewitt is appropriate given the serious allegations that have been made
and the findings presented to our Executive Committee,” said Mark
Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. “After carefully
considering the issue, we commissioned a thorough investigation by
outside legal counsel. Our Executive Committee considered the findings
of the investigation and has voted to suspend Bob Hewitt indefinitely.
We feel suspension is the proper course of action on behalf of the Hall
of Fame, the women who have made these allegations, and our sport.”