The player grabbed a female reporter during a TV interview.
A tennis player has reportedly been banished from the French Open after sexually harassing a reporter during an interview.
Maxime Hamou, a 21-year-old French tennis player, grabbed Maly Thomas of Eurosport when she was trying to interview him. He put his arm around her shoulder, pulled her close to him, kissed her temple and rubbed up against her neck.
“The management of the tournament has decided to revoke Maxime Hamou’s accreditation following his reprehensible behavior with a journalist yesterday,” the French tennis federation said in a statement.
Thomas told the Huffington Post that she would have punched him if they weren't live on TV.
“Had it not been live, I would have punched him with a right,” Thomas told The Huffington Post.
Here's the interview:
Eurosport released their own statement following the interview, condemning the actions of Hamou.
“We sincerely regret the incident that occurred during yesterday evening’s interview between Maly Thomas and Maxime Hamou. 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,” it read.
Hamou was once the 8th-best junior tennis player in the world and has a career-high professional ranking of No. 211.