A protester set fireplace to his arm through the opening session of this yr’s Laver Cup at The O2 in London.
The incident occurred through the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on the primary day of the competitors.
Tsitsipas clinched the primary set 6-2 and through the changeover, a person ran onto the court docket and lit a fireplace, which briefly set his arm ablaze.
The person was sporting a t-shirt which learn: “Finish UK Non-public Jets” and was rapidly dragged out of the court docket after the hearth had been extinguished.
There was a fast test of the floor to make sure it had not been broken through the weird incident, earlier than the match was capable of resume after a quick delay.
It did not knock world No 6 Tsitsipas off his stride with the second set clinched rapidly to beat Schwartzman 6-2, 6-1 to place Crew Europe 2-0 up on the finish of the afternoon session, however the Greek athlete admitted it left him and everybody inside The O2 shocked.
“It got here out of nowhere. I do not know what that is all about. I by no means had an incident like this occur on court docket. I hope he’s all proper,” Tsitsipas defined, having spoken to the umpire earlier than his singles conflict resumed.
“I wished to proceed the match with out having any minor modifications to the court docket and to verify it was playable, particularly that space. It additionally bought in my method of viewing expertise, the best way I noticed the court docket later. There was a giant mark over there and I simply wished to get it cleared up.”
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Sky Sports activities’ Jacquie Beltrao, on the O2 through the incident, stated: “When you’ve ever been to the O2, the court docket may be very lit and the viewers very darkish, so the gamers would not be capable of see him coming.
“He was sporting a t-shirt that learn “Finish UK non-public jets” and naturally all these gamers arrived on the Laver Cup by non-public jet together with Roger Federer, whose final match is tonight. That is positively going to take a shine off the event.”