Former Wimbledon champion Bob Hewitt has lost his appeal in South Africa to reduce his six-year sentence for r*ping underage girls.
The 76-year-old had been granted bail in May 2015 after his conviction on two counts of r*pe and one of s*xual assault of girls he coached in South Africa the 1980s and 1990s.
His lawyer had argued that the sentence should be reduced because of the former tennis star’s old age and poor health.
But three Supreme Court of Appeal judges said this had already been considered.
“You must not overlook that the trial court could have imposed life imprisonment [on Hewitt for the r*pe of a minor],” Judge Mandisa Maya said.
In April, Australian-born Hewitt was expelled from the International Tennis Hall of Fame because of his conviction.