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Laver Cup 2022: Climate change protesters storm court, set arms on fire

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A few hours ago tennis great roger federer The match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman was set to play the final match at the 2022 Laver Cup, but British protesters stormed the court and held arms in their arms to protest the use of private jets. It was called off on Friday after it was set on fire.

A man wearing a T-shirt that read ‘End UK Private Jets’ rushed in. Center Court at the O2 Arena In London he set his arm on fire.

Protesters are taken away after breaking into court with slogans "End British private jets" Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe's Greece and Diego Schwartzman of Team World's Argentina during a singles match during the 2022 Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London on 23 September 2022.

Protesters invade the court during the singles match between Team Europe’s Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Team World’s Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman during the 2022 Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London in September 2022. was then evicted wearing the slogan ‘End British Private Jets’. January 23, 2022.
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He quickly extinguished the flames in his arm before guards rushed to the courtroom to extinguish the remaining fire and drag the man out.

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Courts were not harmed in the demonstrations. The men involved belong to a group that claims the 2022 carbon footprint is genocide. Reuters reports, citing local media reports.

A man set his hand on fire during a protest between Team World's Diego Schwartzman and Team Europe's Stefanos Tsitsipas on the first day of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at The O2 in London, Friday 23 September 2022. rice field.

A man set his hand on fire during a protest between Team World’s Diego Schwartzman and Team Europe’s Stefanos Tsitsipas on the first day of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at The O2 in London, Friday 23 September 2022. rice field.
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The protesters were “arrested and the situation is being handled by police,” Laver Cup organizers said in a statement.

“It came out of nowhere. I have no idea what this is. We’ve never had an incident like this on the court. I hope he’s okay,” Tsitsipas said. talked about the incident. Via Sky Sports.

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“I wanted to get the game going without making small changes to the court, especially in that area to be able to play. It got in the way too, there was a big mark, it was over there and I just wanted to clean it up.”

A protester sets the court on fire during the opening day of the Laver Cup at The O2 Arena in London on Friday 23 September 2022.

A protester sets the court on fire during the opening day of the Laver Cup at The O2 Arena in London on Friday 23 September 2022.
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Thankfully for Tsitsipas, the incident didn’t derail his game and he defeated Schwartzman 6-2, 6-1, giving Team Europe a win over Team World.

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Federer will be paired with longtime rival and friend Rafael Nadal on Friday night for a doubles match on the same court. Final before retirement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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