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Anti-Gay Protesters Disrupt French Open: Video

A group of anti-gay marriage protesters (one of them a shirtless, flare-carrying masked man) stormed the French Open today, startling players Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer.

MSNBC reports.

Security guards quickly grabbed the protester and dragged him to the locker rooms as a surprised Nadal looked on. The unidentified man was one of several shirtless men who donned masks to protest France’s same-sex marriage law, which went into effect several weeks ago.

Two other protesters were escorted off the grounds after they unfurled a banner reading, “Help! France tramples on the rights of children!”

Nadal won the match, securing his eigth French Open win.

Watch video of the protest, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Mikhail Youzhny Destroys Tennis Racquet in French Open Rage: VIDEO


Russian tennis player Mikhail Youzhny was so upset about getting destroyed by Tommy Haas 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in the fourth round of the French Open today, he felt the need to destroy something himself.


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Tennis Player James Blake Joins Anti-Homophobia Campaign

BlakeAmerican tennis player James Blake joins Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick as an ambassador to the anti-homophobia group Athlete Ally.

Says Blake:

“I am proud to be affiliated with Athlete Ally because they do exceptional work that can actually make a difference in the sports world and beyond. Inclusion doesn't have to be a political issue, but more a human issue. As a mixed background person, I have been told I could be hated by both sides. I have always tried to look at it the opposite way as a positive that I could be accepted and included. I am extremely lucky and feel that everyone should have the feeling of acceptance.”

Said Founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally Hudson Taylor: "We are seeing athletes across all sports take a stand and get their friends and teammates involved because when you love the game you play, you respect it. Joining our movement is a way for true sportsmen to demonstrate their commitment to fair play. James Blake has made the United States proud over the years both on the court and off of it and we are confident that his allyship will, in turn, embolden more allies to speak out as well."

Roger Federer and Andy Murray: Gay Man in Pro Tennis Should Have No Problem

Andy Murray and Roger Federer were asked in Rome today how they would feel about an out gay player in men's tennis.

Said Federer: Federer

"I don't think it would be a problem. We're very relaxed. We don't play a team sport and see each other all the time. ... We're very open. So whatever happens, happens. I don't know if there are any (gay players). So far from what I've heard, no. But that could change, possibly because of the case in the NBA."

Said Murray:

"I would hope there are no issues on the tour. You know, there have to be some players who are probably gay but I don't think other players have any issues with it and hope tennis deals with this well. I saw the Jason Collins thing in basketball and the player and the owners were respectful and happy about his decision and so I think it is a good thing."

Last week, Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish became the first pro tennis players to sign on to the LGBT anti-homophobia group Athlete Ally.

Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish Speak Out Against Homophobia in Sports

Tennis pros Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish have signed on with Athlete Ally to fight homophobia in sports.

2_roddickRoddick released a statement signing on his support to the organization:

"Yesterday was an incredible day for athletes everywhere. Jason Collins' courage and leadership in coming out reminds me of how important it is for an athlete to be able to be true to him or herself.  As an Athlete Ally, I want to support every athlete to feel comfortable and confident being themselves and to make sure that all people - players and fans alike - are  welcome and included in tennis."

Fish released a statement as well:

"Everybody deserves a shot at playing sports. It shouldn't matter in the least if that person is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Building community through healthy and inclusive activities should be one of the main focuses behind athletics, and that isn't possible if you exclude LGBT individuals, especially our youth."

Novak Djokovic Strips Down for an On-Court Massage: VIDEO


From a recent exhibition match, in which Novak Djokovic demonstrated the exhibitionist he is.

Being a beautiful Brazilian ball girl does have its benefits.


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