Man sets arm on fire during Laver Cup tennis match in London

A protester has entered the tennis court and set his arm on fire during a Laver Cup match in London hours before Roger Federer’s last match before withdrawing.

In a white shirt with a message about private jets, the man walked onto the field and sat down by the net.

He set his arm on fire before being carried away by guards.

It delayed the second set of Stefanos Tsitsipas’s 6-2, 6-1 victory for Team Europe over Team World’s Diego Schwartzman.

“It came out of nowhere…I’ve never seen an incident like this in court,” Tsitsipas said.

“I hope he’s okay.”

A man's arm is on fire while sitting on a tennis court.
The protester was arrested immediately after the incident.(AP Photo: Kin Cheung)

Tsitsipas spoke to the chair umpire to make sure it would be safe to continue playing and asked to clean up a stain left on the field.

The organizers of the Laver Cup said the man “has been arrested and the situation is being handled by the police”.

This event follows a number of high-profile tennis matches that have been interrupted in recent years, including the 2009 Roland Garros final when a man went up to Federer and tried to put a hat on his head.

At this year’s French Open, a protester wearing a T-shirt with the message “we have 1028 days to go” attached himself to the net with metal wires and glue and knelt on the field during the men’s semifinal.

AP

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