French tennis player Maxime Hamou has been banned from the 2017 French Open after he tried to kiss female television reporter Maly Thomas live on air following his first-round defeat Monday.
Per BBC News, the 21-year-old has had his accreditation revoked, while the French Tennis Federation have ordered an investigation into the incident and labelled Hamou’s behaviour “reprehensible.”
Thomas, a Eurosport reporter, can be seen in footage of the interview having to force her way out from Hamou’s clutches, per tennis fan Lynn Bee (h/t Sports Illustrated):
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Per Huffington Post France (via BBC News), she said: “If I hadn’t been live on air, I would have punched him.”
Hamou is currently ranked No. 287 in the world and lost 3-6, 2-6, 4-6 to Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the first round at Roland Garros.