Protester sets arm on fire during Laver Cup match

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Play was briefly halted when a man ran onto the pitch and set his arm on fire during a Laver Cup match at London’s O2 Arena on Friday.

The man, protesting against the use of private jets in Britain, sat down and lit a substance on his arm during the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman.

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Security personnel acted quickly to drag the man off the pitch before play resumed after a quick check to ensure the pitch surface had not been damaged.

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“A man entered the pitch this afternoon and was promptly removed by security,” a Laver Cup official said.

“The game was interrupted briefly, it has been stopped and the situation is being handled by the police.”

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The man, who made his protesting in the second set of the match, wore a T-shirt with the slogan “End UK Private Jets”.

British media reported that he was a member of the End UK Private Jets group, which claims “carbon emissions in 2022 are genocide”.

Tsitsipas went on to win the game 6-2 6-1 to give Team Europe a 2-0 lead over the rest of the world in the competition after Casper Ruud previously beat Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 10-7.

Swiss great Roger Federer is due to take to the pitch later on Friday for the final match of his career, with the 41-year-old pairing arch-rival Rafa Nadal against the American duo of Sock and Frances Tiafoe.

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