Hey, buddy, take a hint!
This is awkward to watch; 21 year-old Maxime Hamou repeatedly grabbing and kissing the female reporter interviewing him live on-air Tuesday, after he lost his first round match at the French Open:
— Prise Marteau (@PriseMarteau) May 30, 2017
Hamou has been banned from further play and his credentials revoked over the incident; Eurosport journalist Maly Thomas told Huffington Post France the incident was “frankly unpleasant”, adding: “If I hadn’t been live on air, I would have punched him.”
Did you notice the reactions from man standing beside Hamou, and even the studio guests in the video above? French Sports Minister Laura Flessel noticed, and tweeted “A live assault is not funny. We should never let this happen, and never trivialize such acts.”
Non, une agression en direct n'a rien de drôle. Ne jamais laisser faire, ne jamais banaliser de tels actes. LF #RG17
— Laura Flessel (@FlesselLaura) May 30, 2017
(Eurosport’s tennis correspondent Henri Leconte has since apologised)
— Mohsin Khan (@thedoctorkhan) May 30, 2017
— Kouroch Bellis (@KourochBellis) May 31, 2017
If you think the reporter is acting like it’s not really a big deal, think again.
Hamou has since apologised for his actions, saying “I would like to offer my deepest apologies to Maly Thomas if she felt hurt or shocked by my behaviour during her interview.
“I just spent a wonderful week here at Roland Garros, living my most beautiful emotions as a tennis player and I let my overflow of enthusiasm express itself awkwardly towards Maly, who I know and who I sincerely respect.
“Nothing of what is written was my intention. I am available to her to present my apologies in person if she would like. I still learn every day from my mistakes to become a better tennis player and a better person.”