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Former tennis star, coach Bob Hewitt accused in abuse of young girls

After a Hall of Fame playing career, Bob Hewitt became a coveted coach. But some young girls he taught say he preyed on them sexually. Many years later, they want him held to account.

Suellen Sheehan said she was 10 in 1979 when Hewitt began making sexual advances toward her. ‘I’ve been trying for the last 30-odd years to get my life back,’ said Sheehan, 42, office manager of the South African Golf Association. ‘I haven’t recovered yet.’

‘I was the innocent one in all of this,’ says Heather Crowe Conner, shown in 1979. ‘I don’t want to sound vindictive, but I want him held accountable for his actions.’

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