An activist sets himself on fire on the Laver Cup court before Roger Federer's final match

Dramatic event during the beginning of the Laver Cup in London. An activist in favor of raising awareness of caring for the planet and against climate change decided to jump on the track of the O2 Sand of the British capital to set himself on fire in an act that left the entire public frightened and stunned.

The protester in question wanted to protest against the use of private planes in the United Kingdom. She had a written protest message on her T-shirt and came out with a lighter and what appeared to be flammable fluid to set herself on fire. As soon as she was in the center of the court, she took out said device and brought it close to his arm, where a series of flames began to sprout that quickly alerted everyone.

In addition to setting his own body on fire, he also left some trace of the flames on the pitch at the O2 Arena. The same track where a few hours later he has to play Roger Federer his last game as a professional with Rafael Nadal as a couple in doubles. This event has undoubtedly been a previous ceremony that was not planned as a prelude to the great tribute that the Swiss tennis player will receive.

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The event itself happened in the afternoon session this Friday. This protester wore a t-shirt with the message End UK private jets and gave the most surprising note of the start of the Laver Cup. This is a tournament, almost more of an exhibition than a competition, that pits the best players in Europe against the best tennis players from the rest of the world. A format that comes to imitate in a certain way the Ryder Cup of golf and a game that was held before in the NBA All-Star.

Forcibly removed

As soon as this spontaneous man arrived at the center of the track, several members of security quickly came out to capture him. After verifying that the young man no longer had traces of fire on his body, one of them took off his suit jacket to finish putting out the flames that were still on the track.

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Probably, part of the flammable fluid that the young man had spilled had fallen on the court, where it continued to burn. He himself also contributed to stopping his own fire, since as can be seen from his gestures and his face, the protest was somewhat more painful than he had anticipated.

It all happened during the match Stefanos Tsitsipas against Diego Schwartzmannone of the matches that opened a competition that at the moment is being dominated by Europe as expected. After this incident, the game continued with complete peace of mind. The event occurred when neither of the two contenders was on the field.

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As reported by various media from England, some of the fans warned that an individual had managed to enter the O2 Arena in London with a flare. However, what was seen of this activist was a lighter in one of his hands.

The competition operators poured water over the affected area and dried it with towels so that the Tsitsipas – Schwartzman could continue its course. In fact, the Greek asked the referee if he could continue playing and both confirmed that there was no impediment. Then he took the match.

Source: Elespanol

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