French Open bans Maxime Hamou for kissing female reporter on live TV

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Maxime Hamou has been banished from the French Open after kissing a female reporter during a live interview on Monday.

After his straight-sets loss to Pablo Cuevas in the first round, Frenchman Hamou was interviewed by Eurosport reporter Maly Thomas.

As he moved close to Thomas, Hamou engaged in what the French Tennis Federation (FFT) branded "inappropriate behaviour."

An official FFT statement read: "Roland-Garros tournament organisers took the decision to revoke Maxime Hamou's accreditation following his inappropriate behaviour towards a female journalist on Monday May 29.

"The FFT president has asked the disputed committee to investigate for improper conduct."

The 21-year-old Hamou is ranked 287th in the world.