Protester with flare interrupts French Open final

A flare-wielding Homen group protester jumps onto the Philippe Chatrier clay court during the men's...

A flare-wielding Homen group protester jumps onto the Philippe Chatrier clay court during the men's singles final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and compatriot David Ferrer at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 9, 2013. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

The all-Spanish French Open final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer was interrupted Sunday at Roland Garros in Paris when a flare-wielding protester jumped onto the court.

During the second set, a shirtless man wearing a white mask leaped from the stands, waving a lit flare, and approached Nadal, who headed for the exit before being joingin by a security guard. The protester was immediately tackled by security and led away before the championship match resumed.

Just prior to that, two people interrupted play by chanting and holding up a banner in the stands. On another court at the complex, protesters held up flares and a banner calling for the resignation of French President Francois Hollande.

Nadal went on to beat Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for his eighth French Open title. He now has 12 grand slam championships, moving him into a tie for third place with Roy Emerson on the all-time list. Roger Federer of Switzerland leads with 17.


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