French Open takes player's credential for harassing reporter

Spain's Garbine Muguruza plays a shot against Italy's Francesca Schiavone during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris France. Monday

The interviewer stood by Hamou's side for a better camera angle, at which point he placed an arm around her shoulder and pulled her closer.

After his French Open loss to Pablo Cuevas, the 21-year-old was interviewed by reporter Maly Thomas.

And the French Tennis Federation (FTF) have organised an investigation into the incident and called the player's actions "reprehensible". As the reporter looked embarrassed and tried to push him away, he kissed her again.

Hamou later Tuesday made a public apology to Thomas.

She continued: 'If I had not been live on air, I would have punched him.

"The leadership of the tournament has chose to remove the accreditation of Maxime Hamou, following his reprehensible behavior with a (female) journalist, yesterday, Monday, May 29", the federation said in a statement.

Hamou has not publicly commented on the incident, but was heavily criticized by viewers at home, as well as the reporter herself, Maly Thomas, who told Huffington Post France on Monday that the interaction was "frankly unpleasant".

Meanwhile, a Eurosport spokesman said Hamou's actions were "highly inappropriate".

The hosts laughing as the journalist, Maly Thomas, attempted to duck and weave out of the way.

Eurosport have issued a response too, after it was pointed out that the male presenters in the studio initially seemed to have a chuckle at her expense (rewatch the clip, and you'll see the middle bloke's demeanour change halfway through).

Thomas is out of the singles draw, and now, he's barred from the grounds at Roland Garros.

Gayle opted to ignore questions on the game from Network Ten journalist Mel McLaughlin and instead told her: "Your eyes are attractive, hopefully we can win this game and then we can have a drink after as well".

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