For Pete's Sake

Tennis player banned from French Open for grabbing reporter, kissing her during interview

Who in their right mind would think this is an acceptable thing to do?

After being routed in straight sets in a French Open tennis match on Monday, tennis player Maxime Hamou did an interview with a reporter named Maly Thomas. Hamou repeatedly tried to kiss Thomas, who did her best to fend him off.

“The management of the tournament has decided to revoke Maxime Hamou’s accreditation following his reprehensible behavior with a journalist yesterday,” the French Tennis Federation said in a statement, per the Telegraph.

Although Hamou was eliminated, he would have been allowed to stick around and watch the rest of the tournament. But that’s no longer the case.

“If it had not been live on air, I would have punched him,” Thomas told the Huffington Post, per Sports Illustrated.

I think people would have been OK with that.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff