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Bob Hewitt expelled from Hall after rape conviction

Retired doubles champion Bob Hewitt has been expelled from the International Tennis Hall of Fame because of a 2015 conviction for rape and sexual assault in South Africa.

Hewitt was inducted into the Newport, Rhode Island, Hall of Fame in 1992 but was suspended in 2012, and his plaque and all mentions of him were removed.

Hewitt was accused of assaulting girls he coached during the 1980s and 1990s when they were minors. The allegations came to light in 2011.

In March 2015, Judge Bert Bam sentenced Hewitt to eight years in jail for two counts of rape, with two years suspended. He also sentenced Hewitt to two years in prison for a third charge of sexual assault.

Bam said the three sentences would be served at the same time, meaning Hewitt, 76, was to spend up to six years in prison.

The Hall of Fame said it expelled Hewitt after the appellate courts denied all of his appeals.

The judge also ordered Hewitt to pay about $8,500 to state-run campaigns against sexual violence. The Australian-born Hewitt denied the charges.

Hewitt won each of the Grand Slam doubles titles during his career -- the men's and mixed doubles at Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open and the French Open. He also helped lead South Africa to its only Davis Cup win in 1974.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.