Tennis - Former Wimbledon champion Hewitt charged with child rape

Multiple Grand Slam doubles winner Bob Hewitt has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual assault and will face trial next year.

Tennis - Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt sentenced to six years for rape in South Africa

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Bob Hewitt (Imago)

The 74-year-old, who was born in Australia but is now a South African citizen is accused of raping a girl under the age of 16 in 1981, raping another girl under the age of 16 in 1982 and sexually assaulting a third girl under the age of 18 in 1994, all in South Africa.

He will plead not guilty to all three charges and his case is scheduled for February.

His attorney Alwyn Griebenow said: "Mr Hewitt is relieved that we at least now have a trial date" and added that his client is focusing on "putting the record straight."

During his career, Hewitt won seven Wimbledon titles, five in men's doubles and two in mixed doubles.

He won 15 Grand Slam titles in all and reached as high as number six in the world in the singles game.

He was inducted into the tennis hall of fame in 1992 but had his membership suspended in 2012 after allegations of abuse were published by the Boston Globe.

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