A Flare-Waving Protester Drew Attention to Himself at the French Open

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: A protester runs onto court with a lit flare before the start of a game in the Men's Singles final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and David Ferrer of Spain during day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Photo: Matthew Stockman/2013 Getty Images

The French Open’s Sunday finals match between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer was briefly and theatrically interrupted by protesters, one of whom managed to get onto the court. A few moments after his fellow demonstrators broke the tennis silence with chanting and the unfurling of banners, the shirtless, masked, flare-waving man leaped over fans in the front row and ran toward Nadal as he was preparing to serve.

Photo: Matthew Stockman/2013 Getty Images

The player (who went on to beat his opponent 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for his eighth singles French Open title, in case you were wondering) jumped out of the way, and security guards quickly tackled the guy and dragged him off the clay. The photos are pretty great, which is why it’s too bad that the demonstrators were protesting France’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

Flare-Waving Protester Interrupted French Open