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Ten People Arrested After French Open Disruptions, Director Says

June 09, 2013

Ten People Arrested After French Open Disruptions, Director Says

Tennis player Rafael Nadal of Spain, right, looks on as security guards restrain a protester before the start of the Men's Singles final match during the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013 in Paris. Photographer: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Ten people were arrested at the French Open for disrupting the men’s tennis final, tournament director Gilbert Ysern said in an interview.

Protesters had twice interrupted the men’s final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer on the main Court Philippe Chatrier. One man carrying a flare came within a few meters of Nadal before being apprehended by security guards. Other protesters shouted and held a banner saying in English, ‘Help France tramples on children’s rights.’’ At the same time, there were also protests by the Court Suzanne Lenglen, where protesters held a banner calling for the resignation of French president Francois Hollande.

“It probably required a good coordination beforehand on their part,” said Ysern.

Although the French Open men’s final was also disrupted by a protester in 2009, when a man entered the main court trying to put a hat on eventual champion Roger Federer’s head, Ysern praised his security staff for “controling the situation.” He added the event would not be reviewing its security procedures.

“The players never felt at risk, and it was handled perfectly well which makes us more comfortable to a certain extent,” Ysern said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Danielle Rossingh in Paris at drossingh@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Danielle Rossingh at drossingh@bloomberg.net


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