A French tennis participant made all of the mistaken strikes on Monday — and never simply on the courtroom.
After shedding in straight units to Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas within the first spherical of the French Open, Maxime Hamou tried to plant a number of kisses on a feminine reporter throughout his exit interview. Whereas a number of the hosts of the French-language program “Avantage Leconte” that broadcast the second stay on the nation’s Eurosport channel laughed on the state of affairs, others, together with French Open organizers, took the matter extra severely.
On Tuesday, match organizers banned Hamou from returning to Roland Garros during this 12 months’s match.
“The administration of the match has determined to revoke Maxime Hamou’s accreditation following his reprehensible behaviour with a journalist yesterday,” the French Tennis Federation stated in assertion (by way of the Telegraph).
Hamou has not publicly commented on the incident was closely criticized by viewers at residence, in addition to the reporter herself, Maly Thomas, who informed Huffington Put up France on Monday that the interplay was “frankly disagreeable.”
Thomas added (by way of a BBC translation): “If I hadn’t been stay on air, I might have punched him.”
Footage from the interview exhibits Thomas stepping to get her microphone nearer to Hamou, however when she approaches, the 21-year-old instantly places his arm round her and makes an attempt to kiss her neck. He might be seen trying to kiss her a number of extra occasions as she tries to duck out of his grasp. At one level, Thomas might be seen making an attempt to carry his arm as much as escape.
“He kisses her by pressure, she tries to get away, he holds her by the neck and everybody … laughs #drained,” French politician Cécile Duflot wrote on Twitter, criticizing the Eurosport hosts’ response to the interplay.
A number of of the hosts proven concurrently on the display screen might be seen and heard laughing as Hamou awkwardly restrains Thomas from transferring away from him.
Eurosport executives didn’t instantly react to the matter on Monday. Nevertheless, the corporate issued an announcement on Tuesday, noting (by way of Reuters), “We sincerely remorse the incident that occurred throughout yesterday night’s interview between Maly Thomas and Maxime Hamou.”
The French Tennis Federation stated it’s going to additional examine the incident.
This isn’t the primary time a feminine reporter has been harassed in the same approach by a male athlete. Most infamously, maybe, was an incident in the US involving NFL Corridor of Fame quarterback Joe Namath and reporter Suzy Kolber. Whereas chatting with Kolber on the sideline following a 2003 sport between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots, the retired quarterback drunkenly leaned towards Kolber and declared twice, “I wish to kiss you.”