Fans at the Laver Cup were left shocked when play came to a momentary halt as a protester took to the court and set fire to themselves during Stefanos Tsitsipas’ match against Diego Schwartzman. The man in question was quickly dragged off the court before play resumed in the second match of the day on Friday.
There was a bizarre incident at the Laver Cup when a protester managed to get onto the court at the O2 Arena and set themselves on fire. Spectators in the crowd took to social media to remark that a man had brought a flare onto the court and started a small fire, setting alight his own arm in the process – seemingly accidentally.
Security quickly scrambled to put out the fire and remove him from the court. One staff member took his blazer off and stomped on it over the fire to put the flame out before several carried the man off. The protester in question wore a t-shirt that read ‘End UK private jets’.
Tsitsipas could then be seen asking the umpire if the court was okay to use. Court attendants poured water onto the affected area and wiped it up with towels.