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WATCH: French wild card forcibly hugs and kisses reporter
Maxime Hamou has had his credential revoked for "improper conduct
Published May 30, 2017
French Open wild card entry Maxime Hamou hugged and kissed Eurosport reporter Maly Thomas against her will while he was on air. The 21-year-old has had his credential revoked by the French tennis federation for "improper conduct" and the incident is being investigated.
Hamou issued an apology on his Facebook page, stating:
"I offer my deep apologies to Maly Thomas if she feels hurt or shocked by my attitude during her interview. I have just spent a magnificent week here at Roland Garros... and I expressed my overflow of enthusiasm crudely towards Maly, who I know and respect sincerely... I'm still learning every day from my mistakes to become a better tennis player and a better person."
The 21-year-old Hamou received a wild card into the qualifying draw, where he won three matches before falling to Pablo Cueavas in the main draw on Monday. Ranked No. 287, Hamou has won eight ITF Pro Circuit titles.