Maxime Hamou banned from French Open over `inappropriate behaviour┬┤

Jonathan Hernandez
May 31, 2017

As she moved to his side to ask him questions, Hamou pulled her toward his body, wrapped his left arm around her and proceeded to kiss the right side of her head multiple times.

Tennis player Maxime Hamou's accreditation has been revoked by the organisers of the French Open after he tried to kiss a female reporter repeatedly during a live TV interview.

"If I hadn't been live on air, I would have punched him", she added.

Hamou later apologised for his behaviour via French newspaper l'Equipe and offered to meet Thomas to say sorry in person.

In banning Hamou, 21, from the remainder of the tournament, the French Federation of Tennis, sanctioned his behaviour as a "reprehensible act".

At the end of the interview, Hamou tried to kiss Thomas for a third time before she pulled his hand away from her chest, with the reporter barely able to hide her anger.

"I want to offer my deepest apologies to Maly Thomas if she felt hurt or shocked by my attitude during her interview", Hamou wrote on his Instagram account.

The decision was handed out by the French Tennis Federation (FFT), the official body in charge of the operations at the Grand Slam event underway in Paris.

While being interviewed by Eurosport's Maly Thomas following his opening-round loss to Pablo Cuevas, the 21-year-old Hamou made a decision to repeatedly try and kiss the reporter.

None of that's close to as significant as his unwanted grabbing and kissing of Thomas, of course, but it's notable that this isn't the first controversy Hamou has stirred up.

Thomas told the French edition of the Huffington Post: "It was frankly unpleasant". 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.

He said: "We do not condone such conduct in any way". Nothing of all that is written was my intention.

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