Laver Cup interrupted when protester sets his arm on fire

A man wearing a T-shirt with a slogan protesting the use of private jets in the UK interrupted a match at the Laver Cup tennis exhibition at London’s O2 Arena by lighting his right arm on fire as he he was sitting on the ground.

The incident happened during a break in a match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman.

The man, whose shirt read ‘end to British private jets’, extinguished the flames on his arm himself and was quickly removed by security, who also extinguished the small fire the protester started on the ground using some sort of flammable liquid. Stuart Fraser of The Times reports that he later saw the man lying on the floor backstage.

The match resumed after the protester was removed and the liquid was cleaned up.

The Laver Cup is a men’s tag team tournament pitting a team of European players against players from around the world. This year’s event is particularly significant as it marks the last competitive tournament for 20-time Grand Slam singles winner Roger Federer, who is retiring.

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Federer, who was sitting courtside when the incident happened, will take to the court with fellow legend Rafael Nadal in a doubles match – the last of his career – which kicks off at around 3:20 p.m. Eastern on Friday.

Earlier this year, a woman chained herself to the net during a French Open match between Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic in Paris. The woman wore a T-shirt with the message ‘we have 1028 days left’, a reference to a UN report that humanity risked catastrophe if it failed to stem climate change.

The use of private jets has been criticized for the massive carbon footprint they leave behind.

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