A protester ran onto the pitch and set his arm on fire midway through the 2022 Laver Cup in London on Friday. The man was wearing a white shirt with the words “than UK private jets” written on it. He was quickly escorted off the field after the fire was extinguished by officials.
The protest temporarily stopped the singles match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman. He reportedly ran onto the court after Tsitsipas won the first set and set fire to his arm before security grabbed him. After the umpires determined that the fire did not alter the course, the match resumed and Tsitsipas won the second set to claim victory.
“It came out of nowhere. I have no idea what this is about. I have never experienced such an incident in court. I hope he is okay,” Tsitsipas said, according to The Guardian. “I wanted to continue the match without having some minor changes to the court and to make sure it was playable, especially that area. It also got in the way of my visual experience as I saw the court later. There was a big mark over there, and I just wanted it cleaned up.”
The Laver Cup will be the last professional tournament for tennis legend Roger Federer, who announced his retirement on 15 September