Tennis: an activist enters the court and sets his arm on fire, the Laver Cup match temporarily interrupted

The second Laver Cup match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on Friday in London was temporarily halted after an activist burst onto the court and tried to set his arm on fire in protest at the use of private jets.

The Greek had just won the first set 6-2 and the players were on the bench for their respective teams when a young man, wearing a t-shirt with the inscription “End private jets in the UK” rushed to the net. He sat down in the middle of the court before setting fire to a flammable substance on his arms, but the flames were quickly extinguished and the young man was evacuated by security.

Do that two out of two for Team Europe.#WashCup | @steftsitsipas pic.twitter.com/p3drqFhBsB

— Wash Cup (@LaverCup) September 23, 2022

Officials briefly checked the surface of the court for damage and play resumed without delay, with Tsitsipas finishing his work by winning the second set 6-1 to give the European team a 2-0 advantage against the rest of the world.

The first day of the Laver Cup will end with the last match of Roger Federer’s career, in doubles, associated with Rafael Nadal, to face the Americans Jack Sok and Frances Tiafoe.

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