A protester set fire to his arm and an area of the court during a match at the Laver Cup tennis event on Friday, briefly delaying the start of the second set between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman at London’s O2 Arena.
The activist, who was wearing a white T-shirt with a message that read “End UK Private Jets”, entered the pitch during a stoppage in play between the first and second sets. He sat down near the net and using a lighter, lit a small portion of the black pitch and his arm on fire.
The protester was eventually taken away by security guards. No update on his well-being was given, although it appeared his arm was no longer on fire when he was carried off the court.
“A male entered the pitch this afternoon and was immediately removed by security,” Laver Cup said in a statement. according to AP. “The game was briefly stopped, he was arrested and the police are handling the situation.”
The incident was not the first such display to take place at a major tennis event this year. At the French Open in June, a protester wearing a T-shirt with the message “We have 1028 days left” interrupted the men’s semifinal between Casper Ruud and Marin Čilić by kneeling on the court and tying herself to the net with metal wires and glue. .
Friday’s incident took place just hours before 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer took to the court with rival Rafael Nadal for the final match of his career.
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