Hamou has Roland Garros accreditation revoked for attempting to kiss reporter

Maxime Hamou has been banned from Roland Garros after forcibly attempting to kiss Maly Thomas during a live interview after his defeat to Pablo Cuevas on Monday.

Hamou was interviewed by Eurosport journalist Thomas for the program Avantage Leconte after his first-round loss to Cuevas on Monday.

The 21-year-old wrapped his arm around Thomas’s shoulder and kissed her on the head and neck as she rebuffed him.

While the incident sparked laughter at the time, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) has taken a dim view of the youngster’s actions.

“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 a statement.

Eurosport, the broadcaster who aired the interview, were similarly unimpressed.

“We sincerely regret the incident that occurred during yesterday evening’s interview between Maly Thomas and Maxime Hamou,” the statement read.

“The behaviour of the interviewee was highly inappropriate and we do not condone such conduct in any way. Maly is a highly respected journalist.”

Hamou, who won three matches in qualifying to compete in the main draw, has been quick to take responsibility for his behaviour and has offered a full apology to Thomas.

“I want to offer my deepest apologies to Maly Thomas if she felt hurt or shocked by my attitude during her interview,” Hamou told the French newspaper l’Equipe.

“I just lived a wonderful week here in Roland Garros living my most beautiful emotions as a tennis player, and I let my overflow of enthusiasm express myself awkwardly towards Maly, who I know and sincerely respect.

“Nothing of all that is written was my intention.

“I am at her disposal to apologise 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.”

It remains to be seen if Thomas will accept the apology.

She 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.”

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