A protester set fire to a part of the field and an arm during a match at the event of tennis laver cup on Friday, hours before Roger Federer He will play for the last time before retiring.
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The episode briefly delayed action early in the second set of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ 6-2, 6-1 win for Team Europe over Team Rest of the World’s Diego Schwartzman at The O2 Arena.
The activist, carrying a lighter and wearing a white T-shirt with a message about private jets, made his way to the black court and sat near the net. The person was eventually removed by security guards.
“He came out of nowhere. … An incident like this has never happened on the court,” Tsitsipas, the 2021 French Open runner-up, said afterward. “I hope he’s okay.”
Tsitsipas spoke to the chair umpire to make sure it would be safe to continue playing and asked for a mark left on the court to be cleaned.
The protester “has been arrested and the police are handling the situation,” Copa Laver organizers said in a statement.
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, was scheduled to compete hours later on Friday, teaming with Rafael Nadal in a doubles match.
Federer, 41, has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon in July 2021 and is ending his playing career after a series of surgeries on his right knee.
There have been other instances of high-profile tennis matches being interrupted in recent years, including the 2009 final at Roland Garros, when a man approached Federer and tried to place a hat on his head.
At this year’s French Open in June, a protester wearing a T-shirt with the message “We have 1,028 days left” disrupted the men’s semifinal between Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic – the 2014 US Open champion – by tying herself to the net with metal wires and glue and kneeling on the court.
With AP information