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Just a few hours ago Tennis great Roger Federer Set to play its final match at the 2022 Laver Cup, a match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman was called off on Friday after a British protester stormed the court and burned his hand to protest the use of a private jet.
A man wearing a T-shirt that read “End UK Private Jets” ran over Center Court at the O2 Arena in London where he set his arm on fire.
He quickly extinguished the fire on his arm before security ran into the court to put out the rest of the fire and pull the man out.
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The court was not damaged in the protest. The person involved belongs to a group that claims “carbon emissions genocide in 2022,” Reuters reported this news citing local media.
The protester “has been arrested and the situation is being handled by the police,” Lever Cup organizers said in a statement.
“It just came out of nowhere. I don’t know what it is. I’ve never had that happen in court. I hope he’s OK,” Tsitsipas said of the incident. via Sky Sports.
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“I wanted to continue the match without making any minor changes to the court and make sure it was playable, especially that area. It also got in the way of my viewing experience, as I saw it later on the court. There was a big sign. There and I just Just wanted to clear that up.”
Thankfully for Tsitsipas, the incident didn’t derail his game and he outlasted Schwartzman for a 6-2, 6-1 win for Team Europe at Team World.
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Federer will be on the same court on Friday evening when he partners long-time rival and friend Rafael Nadal in a doubles match – His final before retiring.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.