Laver Cup: A protester runs onto the pitch and briefly sets his arm on fire during the opening session at the O2 | Tennis News

A protester set his arm on fire during the opening session of this year’s Laver Cup at London’s O2.

The incident happened during the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on the opening day of the competition.

Tsitsipas won the first set 6-2 and during the substitution a man ran onto the court and started a fire, which briefly ignited his arm.

The individual wore a t-shirt which read: ‘End UK Private Jets’ and was quickly dragged out of court after the fire was extinguished.

The protester was quickly taken away by security before the match resumed

There was a quick check of the surface to ensure it was undamaged in the bizarre incident, before play could resume after a brief delay.

Tsitsipas went on to win the match 6-2, 6-1 to give Team Europe a 2-0 lead over the rest of the world in the competition, following Casper Ruud’s victory over Jack Sock.

Switzerland great Roger Federer is due to take to the pitch later today for the final game of his career, with the 41-year-old teaming up with arch-rival Rafael Nadal to take on the American duo of Sock and Frances Tiafoe.

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Sky Sports’ Jacquie Beltrao, at The O2 during the incident, said: “If you’ve ever been to The O2 the pitch is very bright and the crowd very dark so the players couldn’t see it coming. .

“He was wearing a t-shirt that read ‘End UK private jets’ and of course all these players arrived at the Laver Cup by private jet, including Roger Federer, whose last match is tonight. waste the opportunity.”

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