09/06/2013 12:24 BST | Updated 09/06/2013 12:55 BST

Protestor Lights Flare During French Tennis Open Final Between Rafael Nadal And David Ferrer (VIDEO)

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The French tennis Open final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer was interrupted when a flare wielding anti gay-marriage activist burst on to the court

The man, topless and wearing a mask, got within a few feet of Nadal before being swiftly wrestled to the ground by security and bundled into the side of the court.

Nadal was serving for the second set at the time in the match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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He was shielded by a security guard as the incident was dealt with.

The crowd whistled and jeered obviously frustrated with the interruption.

In 1993 female tennis star, Monica Seles, was stabbed in the back by 39-year-old Gunter Parche who broke onto the court.