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The French Open banned tennis star Maxime Hamou after harassing a reporter on air

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French Open organizers revoked the accreditation of tennis player Maxime Hamou's after he sexually harassed a female reporter repeatedly during a live TV interview, the BBC reported.  The 21-year-old French player pulled journalist Maly Thomas next to him where he then kissed her on the temple several times and nuzzled her neck despite her best efforts to duck away.

The incident occurred after Hamou was knocked out of the first round of the competition on Monday.

The French Tennis Federation (FTT) condemned the "reprehensible behavior" and ordered an investigation.

Hamou, who ranks no. 287 in the world, has yet to comment on his actions. 


Thomas described the experience as "frankly unpleasant."


"If I hadn't been live on air, I would have punched him," she told Huffington Post France.

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