Dark days are ahead for doubles tennis legend Bob Hewitt as the International Hall of Fame have begun an investigation into the player following allegations of sexual abuse and harassment by one of its members.
This is not the first time that these allegations against Hewitt have been considered by the organisation, however initially a decision was made not to pursue an investigation despite other claimants coming forward, stating that it would instead focus on creating policies to deal with similar issues.
A law firm based in New England called Hinckley, Allen and Snyder have been hired to carry out an initial enquiry into the charges that Hewitt subjected a number of young women, including a 15 year old, to abuse and harassment when he taught them during the 1970s in the US and South Africa. Michael Connolly, who is a former federal prosecutor, will be leading the investigation which will involve “talking with a number of people who are situated all over the world”.
Responding to the organisation’s backtrack on deciding not to investigate the claims, even though they were reported by The Boston Globe when they first surfaced a year ago, Mark Stenning – CEO of the International Hall of Fame – stated “In hindsight, we could have handled it much more swiftly… Within the last few weeks we decided an inquiry was the right thing to do.”
No completion dates have been given yet for the investigation into the former top-ranked player who won both mixed and men’s doubles titles at all four of the Grand Slams.