Tennis Hall of Fame probes abuse claim
The Rhode Island-based International Tennis Hall of Fame has hired a Boston attorney to investigate allegations that 1992 inductee Bob Hewitt sexually abused girls he coached.
Hall chief executive Mark Stenning said on Tuesday that attorney Michael Connolly was interviewing accusers and will help the Newport-based Hall determine whether to expel, suspend or take no action against Hewitt.
Massachusetts resident Heather Conner says she was abused by Hewitt. She's being interviewed. She says she wants him booted from the Hall.
A former Hall president had promised an inquiry. But Stenning told The Boston Globe in May the Hall wasn't conducting one. He said on Tuesday the Hall should've moved more swiftly but was now "doing the right thing."
Hewitt lives in South Africa. He told the Weekend Post there in September he wanted "to apologise" if he offended anyone.