Laver Cup 2022: Climate change protester storms the court, lights arm on fire

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just a few hours ago Tennis superstar Roger Federer Scheduled to play his final match at the 2022 Laver Cup, between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on Friday Suspended as a British protester stormed the pitch and set his arm on fire to protest the use of private jets.

A man wearing a ‘End UK Private Jets’ T-shirt ran to Center Court at the O2 Arena In London, he started burning his arms.

A protester is led away wearing a sign after breaking into the courtroom "end of UK private jets" Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece's Euro team and Diego Schwarzman of Argentina's World Team during the Laver Cup 2022 at the O2 Arena in London on September 23, 2022. singles match.

A protester with the slogan “End British Private Jets” is seen between Team Europe’s Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Team World’s Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman at the 2022 Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London on September 9. Was taken away in the singles match between. February 23, 2022.
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He quickly put out the flames on his arm, and then security rushed to the field to put out the blaze and drag the man out.

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The court was not damaged during the demonstration.Man involved belongs to group claiming ‘2022 carbon emissions are genocide’ Reuters quoted local media as saying.

A man sets fire during a protest against Team World's Diego Schwartzman against Team Europe's Stefanos Tsitsipas on the first day of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London, Friday, September 23, 2022.

A man sets fire during a protest against Team World’s Diego Schwartzman against Team Europe’s Stefanos Tsitsipas on the first day of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London, Friday, September 23, 2022.
(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Laver Cup organizers said in a statement that the protesters “have been arrested and the situation is being handled by the police.”

“It just came out of nowhere. I don’t know how it happened. I’ve never had an incident like this on the field. I hope he’s okay,” Tsitsipas said of the incident. Via Sky Sports.

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“I wanted to keep playing without making any small changes to the pitch and making sure it was playable, especially that area. It also affected my viewing experience, the way I saw the pitch afterwards. There was a big mark There, I just wanted to clean it up.”

A protester sets fire on the pitch during the first day of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London on Friday, September 23, 2022.

A protester sets fire on the pitch during the first day of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London on Friday, September 23, 2022.
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Thankfully, Tsitsipas didn’t derail his game as he beat Schwarzman to help Europe beat Team World 6-2, 6-1.

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Federer will appear in the same match on Friday night, when he will be paired with old rival and friend Rafael Nadal in the doubles match — Finals before his retirement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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