21-year-old French teenager was removed from the French Open because he kissed a female reporter in an interview

21-year-oldFrenchteenagerwasremovedfromtheFrenchOpenbecausehekissedafemalereporterinaninterview
OnMay31,Beijingtime,theFrenchTennisOpenannouncedthatFrenchtennisteenagerMaximHammwasexpelledfromthetournamentbecausehetriedtokissafemalereporterinaliveinterview.  Inanofficialstatement,theFrenchInternetAssociationpointedout:TakingintoaccountthecondemnableactionsofMaxim-Hammtoreportersintheinterviewyesterday,itwasdecidedtodisqualifyhimfromparticipating.Andsaidthathemayfacefurthersanctions.  OnMonday,localtime,the21-year-oldFrenchteenagerwasinterviewedbyEuropeansportsreporterMaryThomasafterlosingtoCuevasinthefirstround.ItcanbeseeninthelivebroadcastthatHamsteppedonthefrontofthefemalereporterandkissedherforeheadandneck,andafterthefemalereporterexpressedresistance,hestilldidnotstophismovements.Atthesametime,theoutstandinglivebroadcastprogramTherewaslaughterandapplause.  ThekissedreporterMaryThomassaidinaninterviewwithanothermediathatthisexperiencewasextremelyuncomfortable,andsaid:IfIwerenotonthelivebroadcastatthetime,Iwoulddefinitelypunchhim!  MaximHamisaplayerholdingawildcardtoentertheFrenchOpenqualifier.Afterwinning3gameslastweek,heenteredthefirstroundoftheFrenchOpenandthenlostinthematchagainstCuevas.Game.  EuropeanSportsissuedastatementabouttheteenager’sextremelyinappropriatebehavior:WedeeplyregrettheaccidentthatoccurredduringtheinterviewwithMaximHammerinMariaThomaslastnight.Thebehavioroftheintervieweeisinappropriate,andwecannotforgivesuchbehavior.MaryThomasisarespectedjournalist,andweareverypleasedthatthe(organizingcommittee)hasprovidedaveryfullapology.  Later,MaximHamalsoexpressedhisdeepregretforthismatter:IoffermymostsincereregrettoThomasMarieThomas,ifmyattitudeintheinterviewhurtorfrightenedher.Theyoungtennisteenagerhasnotexplained:IjustspentmybestweekendasatennisplayeratRolandGarros,andIwassoexcitedthatIexpressedmyenthusiasmforexcessiveoverlapinthewrongway.WithMary,Iknowherandrespectherverymuch.Myinheritanceisnotintentional.  Intheend,HamsaidthatifMarywantedto,shecouldapologizeinthefaceofher.Everydayhelearnedtogrowfromhismistakestobecomeabetterplayerandabetterperson.