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A man sets fire on his hand during protest at a match Team World

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Just hours before tennis great Roger Federer was set to play his final match ever at the 2022 Laver Cup, a match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman was halted on Friday after a British protester stormed the court and set his arm on fire to protest the use of private jets.

A man wearing a T-shirt that said “End UK Private Jets” ran up Center Court at the O2 Arena in London where he set his arm on fire.

A protester is removed after invading the court, carrying a slogan "End UK Private Jets" during the singles match between Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe and Argentina's Diego Schwartzman of Team World at the 2022 Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London on September 23, 2022.

A protester is removed after invading the court, carrying a slogan ‘End UK Private Jets’ during the singles match between Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman of Team World at the 2022 Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London on September. 23, 2022.
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He quickly extinguished the flames on his arm before security rushed onto the court to put out the remaining fire and drag the man out.

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The court was not damaged in the demonstration. The man involved belongs to a group that claims that “carbon emissions in 2022 are genocide”, Reuters reported, citing local media.

A man sets his hand on fire during a protest at a match between Team World's Diego Schwartzman and Team Europe's Stefanos Tsitsipas on day one of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

A man sets his hand on fire during a protest at a match between Team World’s Diego Schwartzman and Team Europe’s Stefanos Tsitsipas on day one of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
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The protester “has been arrested and the situation is being handled by the police,” Laver Cup organizers said in a statement.

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

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“I wanted to continue the match without having small changes to the court and make sure that it is playable, especially that area. It also hindered my way of seeing experience, how I saw the court afterwards. There was a big mark. there and I just wanted to explain it.”

A protester lights a fire on the court on day one of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena, London Friday, September 23, 2022.

A protester lights a fire on the court on day one of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena, London Friday, September 23, 2022.
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Fortunately for Tsitsipas, the incident did not derail his game and he defeated Schwartzman for a 6-2, 6-1 win for Team Europe over Team World.

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Federer will appear on the same court on Friday evening when he partners long-time rival and friend Rafael Nadal in a doubles match – his final before retiring.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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