Anti-Gay Marriage Protester Let Off Flare, Ran Onto Court During Men's French Open Final
French Open organizers "defended their security arrangements after anti-gay marriage protesters, one letting off a flare and running on court, briefly interrupted the final" between Spaniards Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer on Sunday, according to Julien Pretot of REUTERS. A police source said that seven people "had been formally detained on Sunday night after the showpiece match was disrupted and protests broke out elsewhere at Roland Garros in Paris." Five others "were released after initial questioning." One protester, wearing a white face mask, "let off a flare and ran onto the court" toward Nadal. He "was brought down by a member of security staff before being dragged out with his accomplice, who did not get the chance to step onto the court." Tournament Dir Gilbert Ysern said, "This kind of thing is regrettable but it has been taken care of remarkably by our security staff. I apologized to the two players. At the time, you are scared but we were quickly reassured. These people are good-for-nothings" (REUTERS, 6/9).