Protester lights arm and part of tennis court on fire during Laver Cup

A protester lit a portion of the court and his arm on fire during a match on the Laver Cup tennis occasion Friday, hours earlier than Roger Federer was scheduled to play for the ultimate time earlier than retiring.

The episode briefly delayed the motion firstly of the second set of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ 6-2, 6-1 victory for Team Europe over Diego Schwartzman of Team World on the O2 Arena.

The activist, carrying a lighter and carrying a white T-shirt with a message about non-public jets, made his approach onto the black court and sat down close to the web. The individual finally was carried away by safety guards.

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Stewards take away a protester after setting fire to the court on day one of the Laver Cup on the O2 Arena, London. Picture date: Friday September 23, 2022.

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“It came out of nowhere. … I never had an incident like this happen on court,” Tsitsipas, the runner-up on the 2021 French Open, stated afterward. “I hope he’s all right.”

Tsitsipas spoke to the chair umpire to ensure it will be protected to proceed to play and requested {that a} mark left on the court be cleaned up.

The protester “has been arrested and the situation is being handled by the police,” Laver Cup organizers stated in a press release.

A protester invades the court, showing to set his arm alight during the singles recreation between Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman of Team World on the 2022 Laver Cup on the O2 Arena in London on September 23, 2022.

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Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, was slated to compete later Friday, teaming up with longtime rival Rafael Nadal in a doubles match.

The 41-year-old Federer hasn’t performed an official match since Wimbledon in July 2021 and is ending his enjoying career after a collection of operations on his proper knee.

There have been different situations of high-profile tennis matches being interrupted lately, together with during the 2009 closing at Roland Garros, when a person went as much as Federer and tried to place a hat on his head.

At this year’s French Open, in June, a protester carrying a T-shirt with the message “We have 1028 days left” interrupted the lads’s semifinal between Casper Ruud and 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic by attaching herself to the web with metallic wires and glue and kneeling on the court.

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