Tennis player banned from French Open for kissing journalist
Chris Gayle eat your heart out. A French tennis player has been banned from the French Open for kissing a TV reporter on air.
Following his first round loss Maxime Hamou had an interview with journalist Maly Thomas of Eurosport.
Hamou then grabbed the journo and went for a sneaky kiss on the cheek in what the French Tennis Federation has described as “reprehensible behaviour”.
Thomas 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.”
You can see the whole thing unfold for yourself here.
A French Tennis Federation statement read:
“The management of the tournament has decided to revoke Maxime Hamou’s accreditation following his reprehensible behaviour with a journalist.”
Hamou has now been banned from the tournament. But to be fair, he lost his first round match anyway so it isn’t much of a punishment.
Don’t Blush Baby
It brings back memories of the famous Chris Gayle Big Bash incident with Mel McLaughlin.
Hamou, who was granted a wildcard to enter the tournament, has apologised unreservedly for his actions.
“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.”
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor