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Laver Cup protest: Climate activist interrupts play, sets arm on fire hours before Roger Federer final match

The Laver Cup match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman was interrupted by a protestor who set his arm on fireplace.

The incident occurred through the second singles match of the 2022 competitors, simply hours earlier than Roger Federer was as a result of play for the ultimate time in a doubles contest alongside long-time rival Rafael Nadal at London’s O2 Area.

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Laver Cup protest: What occurred?

Workforce Europe’s Tsitsipas was main the match after taking the primary set 6-2 earlier than play was halted on the change of ends after a person gained entry to the court docket.

The person lit a small fireplace, which set his proper arm ablaze, earlier than safety employees intervened to stamp out the flames and drag the protestor from the court docket.

The person didn’t seem like badly damage and Laver Cup organisers mentioned the Metropolitan Police was dealing with the state of affairs.

Officers checked the {playing} floor for injury earlier than play was allowed to renew. Tsitsipas marched on to win 6-2 6-1 and provides Workforce Europe a 2-0 lead over Workforce World, with Casper Ruud having earlier defeated Jack Sock in a three-set thriller. Ruud’s French Open semifinal towards Marin Cilic this yr was interrupted by an environmental protestor who mounted herself to the web.

“It got here out of nowhere,” Tsitsipas mentioned after the match. “I don’t know what that is all about. I by no means had an incident like this occur on court docket. I hope he’s all proper.

“I needed to proceed the match with out having any minor modifications to the court docket and to verify it was playable, particularly that space. It additionally bought in my means of viewing expertise, the way in which I noticed the court docket later. There was an enormous mark over there and I simply needed to get it cleared up.”

The protest occurred on the identical day that Swiss nice Federer was as a result of play his final skilled match alongside Nadal in a doubles contest towards Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.

Who was the Laver Cup protestor?

The protestor was carrying a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Finish UK Non-public Jets Now’. A web site beneath the identical identify recognized the person as Kai, a 20-year-old.

A tweet from the @EndUKPrivateJet account shared a photograph of the incident, stating: “The habitable local weather of our planet is collapsing. Nobody is taking it severely.”

In a video on the web site, ‘Kai’ forewarns viewers of his plan to set his arm on fireplace on the Laver Cup. It’s unclear whether or not the video was uploaded to the web site or YouTube previous to the incident.

Within the video, he describes the potential sight of self-inflicted struggling as “unjust” on those that could be current within the crowd, and the relevance of that message across the local weather disaster.

“No-one deserves to expertise struggling, particularly not younger, susceptible folks,” he mentioned. “And the way in which that we act like that precept is legitimate is by stopping the local weather emergency as quick as attainable.” The video had generated 31 views on YouTube by 18:45 native time.

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