An anti-climate change protester set fire to his arm midway through Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman’s Laver Cup match. During the switch at the end of the first set, a protester stormed onto the field and set his arm on fire.
The protester wore a t-shirt that read: “End UK private jets.”
A man has set his arm on fire after invading the Laver Cup field on Roger Federer’s last day as a professional tennis player. pic.twitter.com/g0LcBU8PeJ — Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) September 23, 2022
Security responded quickly, pouring the water on his arm and escorting him out of the O2 Arena.
Unfortunately, it is not the first time this season that an incident of this nature has occurred on tennis courts. At the French Open, a protester made his way to the field and tied himself to the net. The French Open protester wore a T-shirt that read: “We have 1028 days left.”
Tsitsipas was not affected by the incident
After Tsitsipas easily won the first set 6-2, he also dominated the second set to take a 6-2 6-1 win over Schwartzman. So far so good for Team Europe as they have two wins and zero losses.
In the opening game of this year’s Laver Cup edition, Casper Ruud of Team Europe defeated Team World’s Jack Sock. Now everything is ready for Roger Federer’s final game. Tonight Federer will play alongside Rafael Nadal against Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
“It will be very emotional in this area in a few hours,” Ruud said of Federer’s last game. “So far it’s all been a laugh, but I’m sure there will be some tears when Roger steps off the field for the last time.
One of the greatest athletes of all time, regardless of the sport. I’m very lucky to be in the arena to see it up close and I’m sure people with tickets will probably have one of the best times of their lives tonight.”