In an interview following his first round defeat to Pablo Cuevas, 21-year-old Hamou wrapped his arm around Thomas, and just wouldn’t quit it with the attempted kisses.
The footage isn’t great to watch, considering the facts that a) women doing their job / anything in a man’s vicinity aren’t there to be pestered, and b) it would have been so easy not to get all gross.
The French tennis federation has issued a statement, saying “the management of the tournament has decided to revoke Maxime Hamou’s accreditation following his reprehensible behaviour with a journalist yesterday.”
Eurosport have issued a response too, after it was pointed out that the male presenters in the studio initially seemed to have a chuckle at her expense (rewatch the clip, and you’ll see the middle bloke’s demeanour change halfway through).
The network says “the behaviour of the interviewee was highly inappropriate and we do not condone such conduct in any way.
“Maly is a highly respected journalist and we are pleased that a full apology is being offered.”