Frenchman Maxime Hamou kicked out of French Open after kissing journalist
Maxime Hamou was banished from the French Open on Tuesday after the French player kissed and cuddled a TV journalist following his first-round exit, the French tennis federation (FFT) said.
"The management of the tournament has decided to revoke Maxime Hamou's accreditation following his reprehensible behaviour with a journalist yesterday," the FFT said in statement.
Footage of the interview showed Hamou pulling Eurosport female journalist Maly Thomas close before kissing her on the side of the head. As the reporter looked embarrassed and tried to push him away, he kissed her again.
After answering a question he kissed her a third time, and pulled her towards him while she tried to peel his hand off her chest.
“We sincerely regret the incident that occurred during yesterday evening’s interview between Maly Thomas and Maxime Hamou. The behaviour of the interviewee was highly inappropriate and we do not condone such conduct in any way.
“Maly is a highly respected journalist and we are pleased that a full apology is being offered.
“We apologise to any viewers who may have been affected.”
MAXIME HAMOU APOLOGY
"I offer my deep apologies to Maly Thomas if she feels hurt or shocked by my attitude during her interview.
"I have just spent a magnificent week here at Roland Garros... and I expressed my overflow of enthusiasm crudely towards Maly, who I know and respect sincerely.
"I'm still learning every day from my mistakes to become a better tennis player and a better person."