Maxime Hamou (Photo: Getty Images)
Maxime Hamou was banned from the French Open after his behavior following his first-round exit on Monday. (Photo: Getty Images)

French tennis player Maxime Hamou was banned from the French Open on Tuesday after he inappropriately made contact with a reporter after his first-round loss on Monday.

Eurosport’s Maly Thomas was attempting to interview the 21-year-old Hamou after his loss to Pablo Cuevas in straight sets when he put his arm around and kissed her multiple times despite her attempts to push him away:

After the incident, Thomas told Huffington Post France, “if I hadn’t been live on air, I would have punched him.”


The French Tennis Federation released a statement calling Hamou’s behavior “reprehensible.”

Maybe Hamou should spend a little more time focusing on behaving appropriately instead of tennis.  

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