The second Laver Cup match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on Friday in London was briefly halted after an activist stormed the field and tried to set his arm on fire to protest the use of private jets.
The Greek had just won the first set 6-2 and the players were off the bench for their teams when a youngster in a T-shirt with “End UK Private Jets” scrawled into the net.
He sat in the center of the field before apparently setting a flammable substance on his arm, but the flames were quickly put out and the security guards took him out.
A man walked into the court this afternoon and was quickly evacuated by security. “The match was briefly interrupted and she was arrested and the police are handling the situation,” the organizers said in a statement.
Officials briefly checked the surface of the pitch for damage and play resumed without delay, as Tsitsipas finished his work by winning the second set 6-1 to give the European side a 2-0 advantage against the rest of the world.
“And he came out of nowhere. I have no idea what he wants. I’ve never had such an incident in court. I hope he’s okay,” Tsitsipas said after the match.
And the first day of the Laver Cup will end with the last game of Roger Federer’s career, in a doubles linked with Rafael Nadal, to face the Americans Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe.
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