French Open Bans Player Trying to Kiss Reporter

posted by Jackson Felts -

Maxime Hamou, a tennis player from France, has been banned from the French Open after repeatedly trying to kiss a female TV reporter on a live broadcast. Watch below as Maly Thomas of Eurosport's Advantage Leconte deals with Hamou's advances.

After the incident, Thomas said it was "frankly unpleasant" and that "if I hadn't been live on air, I would have punched him." Hamou then apologized on Instagram.

A post shared by Maxime Hamou (@hamou_maxime) on

That roughly translates to, "After the show “Avantage Leconte,” I have to give my deepest regrets to Maly Thomas if she felt hurt or shocked by my attitude during her interview. I just lived a magnificent week here at Roland Garros as I lived my most beautiful thrills as a tennis player, and I allowed my overflow of enthusiasm to bleed clumsily toward Maly, who I know and respect sincerely. Nothing but what is written was my intention. I am at her disposition to present my apologies in person if she would like it. I again learn from my mistakes every day to become a better tennis player and a better person."

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