Man with flare interrupts French final

A masked man ran out of the stands and onto the court during the
second set of Sunday’s French Open men’s final, managing to ignite
a flare within a few feet of Rafael Nadal.

The incident occurred in the seventh game of the second set with
Nadal serving for the set up 5-1 against David Ferrer. The man was
quickly wrangled and led off court by security, but he was all too
close to the now eight-time French Open champion:

Another guard stood near Nadal, protecting him while the
protester was subdued, as you can see above. Nadal later shook the
bodyguard’s hand before resuming play.

Here’s a GIF of the incident (h/t

Here you can see the man as he first jumped on the court.
Certainly an unnerving sight:

(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

According to reports, the protesters were anti-gay marriage. In
a closer-up shot of the man who ran on the court, you can see the
words “KIDS RIGHT” written on his stomach:

(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Here is the man being thrown off the playing surface:

(Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The ignited flare was placed on the ground just off court and
could still be seen blazing in the background as Nadal prepared to
serve following the disturbance.

About 10 minutes earlier, demonstrating fans in the upper deck
of Court Philippe Chatrier also briefly delayed the match.

Other protesters also brandishing red flares climbed to the top
of the adjacent Court Suzanne Lenglen and unfurled a banner calling
for the resignation of French President Francois Hollande:

(Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Christophe Fagniez, the tournament’s director of operations,
later said: ”The situation is under control, it’s in the hands of
the police.”

Nadal went on to beat Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, becoming the first
man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam event.

A male streaker wearing nothing but tennis balls and sneakers
ran onto the center court and hurdled the net during the 2003 final
where Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Martin Verkerk.

In the 2009 final won by Roger Federer, a man jumped over the
photographer’s pit and ran on the court, went up to the Swiss
player and tried to put a red hat on him. Federer brushed the man
aside before security guards got close enough to intervene. After
hopping the net, the man was tackled and jailed for

The Associated Press contributed to this report.