Protesters have briefly interrupted the Roland Garros final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, with one man jumping onto the court with a fiery flare spurting white smoke.
- Protesters light flares and unfurl a banner on the top of Court Suzanne Lenglen as Rafael Nadal of Spain and David Ferrer of Spain compete on Court Philippe Chatrier Photo: Getty
- Rafael Nadal looks on as security guards restrain a protester after he lit a flare and ran on court before the start of a game in the Men's Singles final match between Nadal and David Ferrer Photo: Getty
- A protester runs onto court with a lit flare before the start of a game Photo: Getty
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- A security guard restrains a protester after he lit a flare and ran on court before the start of a game between Nadal and Ferrer Photo: Getty
- An anti gay-marriage activist holding a flare is evacuated by a member of the security as he protests on the central court during the 2013 French tennis Open final match between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer Photo: Getty
The man surged from the crowd near Nadal late in the second set Sunday. Security personnel pushed him to the ground and quickly dragged him away. Another guard stood near Nadal, protecting him while the protester was subdued. The seven-time French Open champion later shook the bodyguard's hand before resuming play. The match was only briefly delayed.
Moments earlier, two people interrupted play by chanting while holding a banner in the upper deck of Court Philippe Chatrier until security led them away.
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.