French Open

TV reporter kiss incident 'uncomfortable' viewing - Nadal

2017-05-31 23:25
Rafael Nadal (Getty)

Paris - Rafael Nadal admitted a French tennis player's attempt to kiss a television reporter against her will during a live broadcast made for "uncomfortable" viewing.

Maxime Hamou, 21, grabbed Eurosport journalist Maly Thomas around the neck and shoulders while she interviewed him following his first-round defeat on Monday.

Thomas described the incident as "frankly unpleasant" and said she "would have punched him" had it not occurred while live on air.

Hamou, the world number 287, was banished from the Roland Garros site as a result by tournament organisers, who slammed his "reprehensible behaviour".

Nadal was reluctant to comment in depth on Hamou's actions, but he said: "The only thing that I can say is I watched the video, and it was a little bit uncomfortable for the girl."

The Spaniard, seeking a 10th French Open title at this year's event, added it was up to tournament officials in terms of taking disciplinary action.

"I cannot talk much about that. That's not -- something that happened in our sport, but they take a position, so they are free to do what they want."

Hamou later made a public apology to Thomas.

"I want to offer my deepest apologies to Maly Thomas if she felt hurt or shocked by my attitude during her interview," Hamou was quoted as saying by L'Equipe daily on Tuesday.

French Open results on Wednesday, the fourth day of the 2017 tournament at Roland Garros (x denotes seeding):

Men

2nd rd

Milos Raonic (CAN x5) bt Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) bt Marco Trungelliti (ARG) 7-5, 6-4, 7-5

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x20) bt Taro Daniel (JPN) 7-5, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x11) bt Tommy Robredo (ESP) 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

Jiri Vesely (CZE) bt Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x17) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB) 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (8/6)

Rafael Nadal (ESP x4) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-1, 6-4, 6-3

Dominic Thiem (AUT x6) bt Simone Bolelli (ITA) 7-5, 6-1, 6-3

Steve Johnson (USA x25) bt Borna Coric (CRO) 6-2, 7-6 (10/8), 3-6, 7-6 (8/6)

Horacio Zeballos (ARG) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO x23) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

David Goffin (BEL x10) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Lucas Pouille (FRA x16) bt Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1, 6-2

Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP x19) bt Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) 6-2, 6-1, 6-1

Diego Schwartzman (ARG) bt Stefano Napolitano (ITA) 6-3, 7-5, 6-2

Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 6-1, 6-4, 6-3

1st rd

Renzo Olivo (ARG) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x12) 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4

Women

2nd rd

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) bt Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 6-2, 6-2

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 6-3, 6-2

Samantha Stosur (AUS x23) bt Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-2, 7-6 (8/6)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x15) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5)

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x11) bt Francoise Abanda (CAN) 6-0, 6-0

Catherine Bellis (USA) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x18) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)

Zhang Shuai (CHN x32) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x8) bt Oceane Dodin (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 6-3

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) bt Anett Kontaveit (EST) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ x27) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA x13) bt Sara Errani (ITA) 6-2, 6-3

Venus Williams (USA x10) bt Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-3, 6-1

Elise Mertens (BEL) bt Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 6-3, 6-4

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI x30) bt Madison Brengle (USA) 6-0, 6-2

Ons Jabeur (TUN) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x6) 6-4, 6-3

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