During the Laver Cup match, a protester sets fire to his arm.
A guy wearing a T-shirt with a statement against the use of private jets in the UK disrupted a match at the Laver Cup tennis exhibition at the O2 Arena in London by setting fire to his right arm while seated on the court.
During a protest at the Laver Cup, a man pours flammable liquid on his arm to set it on fire. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
During a stoppage in the play between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman, the event occurred.
The man, whose shirt said "End UK Private Jets," doused the flames on his arm himself before being promptly taken by security, who also extinguished the little fire the demonstrator started on the court with some form of flammable substance. According to Stuart Fraser of the Times, he subsequently noticed the man laying on the ground in a backstage area.
After the protester was removed and the liquid was cleaned up, the match was restarted. According to Sky Sports' Anthony Joseph, the individual was detained by Metropolitan Police on suspicion of aggravated trespass and transported to a hospital as a precaution.
"It appeared out of nowhere. I'm not sure what this is about. On the court, I've never witnessed anything like this. "I hope he's okay," Tsitsipas remarked. "I wanted to continue the match without making any small alterations to the court and to ensure that it was playable, particularly in that section." It also interfered with my viewing experience, since I saw the court afterwards. "There was a large mark over there, and I simply wanted to wipe it up."
The Laver Cup is a men's team competition in which a European team competes against players from across the world. This year's tournament is especially significant because it is the final competitive tournament for 20-time Grand Slam singles champion Roger Federer. Federer, who was sitting courtside when the incident occurred, will take the court with fellow legend Rafael Nadal in a doubles match — the last of his career — that will begin Friday around 3:20 p.m. Eastern.
Earlier this year, a lady handcuffed herself to the net during Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic's French Open match in Paris. The lady was wearing a T-shirt that proclaimed "we have 1028 days left," a reference to a United Nations study that said mankind faced disaster unless it fought to stop climate change.
The usage of private airplanes has been criticized due to the significant carbon footprint they leave behind.