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Laver Cup interrupted after protestor sets arm on fire while wearing ‘end UK private jets’ shirt

A protester ran onto the pitch and stuck his arm in the middle of the 2022 Laver Cup in London on Friday. The man was wearing a white shirt with the words “end UK private jets” on it. He was quickly escorted from the field after the fire was extinguished by officials.

Due to the protest, the singles between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman was temporarily suspended. He reportedly ran onto the field after Tsitsipas won the first set and set his arm on fire before security grabbed him. After the officials determined that the fire did not change the field, the match resumed and Tsitsipas won the second set to take the win.

“It came out of nowhere. I have no idea what this is all about. I’ve never seen an incident like this in court. I hope he’s okay,” Tsitsipas said, according to The Guardian. “I wanted to continue the game without minor changes to the pitch and make sure it was playable, especially that area. It also got in the way of my viewing experience, as I later saw the court. There was a big mark there and I wanted it just clean up.”

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The Laver Cup will be the last professional tournament for tennis legend Roger Federer, who announced his retirement on September 15.

A protester set his arm on fire during the Laver Cup on Friday. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

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