The French tennis player Maxime Hamou was banned from the French Open for the duration of the tournament on Tuesday after he attempted to forcibly kiss a female reporter during a live TV interview.
The reporter was Maly Thomas who has strongly condemned Hamou’s actions and has said that she would have punched him if she was not on air.
A statement released by the Roland Garros organizers also strongly opposed Hamou’s actions. The statement quoted, “the tournament directors have decided to cancel the accreditation of Maxime Hamou following his reprehensible behavior with a journalist on Monday.”
Thomas described the episode as “frankly unpleasant” in an interview with Huffington Post France, adding: “If I hadn’t been live on air, I would have punched him.”
Eurosport issued a statement critical of Hamou’s “highly inappropriate” behavior.
“We sincerely regret the incident that occurred during yesterday evening’s interview between Maly Thomas and Maxime Hamou,” the statement read. “The behavior 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.”
“I am at her disposal to apologize to her in person if she so wishes. I learn every day from my mistakes to become a better tennis player and a better person.”