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PRETORIA—A South African judge
sentenced retired doubles tennis
champion Bob Hewitt to six years in
prison for rape and sexual assault yes-
Judge Bert Bam sentenced Hewitt to
eight years in jail for two counts of rape
of minors, with two years suspended.
He also sentenced Hewitt to two years
in prison for a third charge of sexual
The three sentences will be served
at the same time, meaning Hewitt, 75,
should spend up to six years in prison,
The seriousness of the crimes and
the prevalence of sexual violence in
South Africa, had to be considered, the
judge told the courtroom in the coun-
try’s capital, Pretoria.
The judge cited previous cases in
which perpetrators have been sentenced
to life for rape, especially when the
victims were children.
Australian-born Hewitt has denied
He won 15 Grand Slam doubles and
mixed doubles titles at all four Grand
Slam events between 1963 and 1979.
He was in the International Tennis Hall
of Fame but was suspended indefinitely
after an investigation.
Hewitt’s age was considered during
the sentencing, but so was the age of
his accusers who were minors when
the assaults allegedly took place in the
1980s and 1990s, the judge said.
South Africa does not have a statute
of limitations for rape.
“No rapist and violator of children
should be allowed to hide behind his
age, medical condition and, or personal
circumstances to escape custodial sen-
tence,” said Bam.
The judge also ordered Hewitt to pay
about $8,500 to state-run campaigns
against sexual violence.
Before the judge ruled, Hewitt tes-
tified that he was in poor health. A
heart condition, a stroke, and two arti-
ficial knees mean that Hewitt can
“barely put his left foot before his right
foot,” his lawyer Terry Price said at the
The judge extended Hewitt’s bail for
another day, to allow his defence
lawyers to appeal the decision.
Hewitt’s defence team said they
planned to appeal the conviction and
the sentencing. (AP)
Retired tennis player Bob Hewitt sits in the dock during
his sentencing at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Hewitt gets 6 years
in prison for rape
Petkovic retired with an injury during
her opening match at the Nuremberg
Cup yesterday, while fellow Germans
Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki
advanced to the second round at the
Petkovic retired when she was 5-0
down to Julia Putintseva of
Kazakhstan with what appeared to be
a right thigh problem.
Earlier, the second-seeded Kerber
defeated Rebecca Peterson of
Sweden 7-5, 6-4 and the third-seeded
Lisicki defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa
of Spain 6-4, 7-5.
Kerber next faces the Czech
Republic’s Klara Koukalova, who
defeated Germany’s Annika Beck 6-4,
7-6 (6), while Lisicki plays Lara
Arruabarrena for a place in the
quarterfinals. The Spanish player
defeated Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-2,
Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi upset
the fifth-seeded Anna Karolina
Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-1, while
eighth-seeded German Carina
Witthoeft defeated Belgian qualifier
Alison Van Uytvanck 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-3.
Bellucci, Youzhny win
GENEVA—Two-time Swiss Open
champion Thomaz Bellucci ousted
seventh-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of
Cyprus 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3 in the first
round of the Geneva Open yesterday.
Bellucci, a left-hander from Brazil,
carried over the form which saw him
push Novak Djokovic to three sets at
the Italian Open last week.
After wasting a 5-2 lead in the first
set, 60th-ranked Bellucci held serve
the rest of the way on his favored
Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, who
followed Bellucci as champion at
Gstaad in 2013, beat Jan-Lennard
Struff of Germany 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5),
getting just his sixth tour win this
The Geneva Open is debuting on
the ATP tour after replacing an event
in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Keys, Jankovic reach
Strasbourg 2nd round
American Madison Keys overcame an
inconsistent serve to reach the second
round of the Strasbourg International
with a 6-4, 6-3 win against
countrywoman Christina McHale
Keys had four aces but also double-
faulted twice, dropped her serve twice
in the first set and saved all three
break points in the second set. The
20-year-old Keys next faces Croatian
veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
American Alison Riske also reached
the second round after upsetting fifth-
seeded Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-
5, 4-6, 6-1.
advance at Nice
NICE—American players Steve
Johnson and Sam Querrey each
won in straight sets yesterday to
reach the second round of the Open
de Nice clay-court tournament.
Johnson had 11 aces and did not
face a break point in a 7-5, 6-3 win
over qualifier Michael Venus, while
Querrey used seven aces and saved
the only break point he faced in a 6-
2, 6-3 win over Ruben Bemelmans.
Also, 18-year-old Borna Coric of
Croatia beat qualifier Sam Groth of
Australia 7-5, 6-3, and Dominic
Thiem of Austria defeated Victor
Estrella Burgos of the Dominican
Republic 7-6 (5), 6-2. (AP)
Petkovic retires injured
at Nuremberg Cup
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