Climate Protester Sets Arm on Fire on Laver Cup Court Ahead of Roger Federer’s Final Match

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A Laver Cup tennis match was interrupted by a protestor who lit his right arm on fire in apparent protest of private jet use in the United Kingdom.

On Friday, the protestor — who wore a T-shirt that read “end UK private jets” — sat on the court during a break in a match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman and appeared to spread a flammable liquid on his arm before lighting it on fire, according to video of the incident shared on by journalist Sam Street.

The man quickly doused the flames on his own arm before security carried him off the court and put out the small fire started on the court next to the protestor, video shows. A reporter with The Times posted on that the man was spotted lying on the ground near a media restroom after the incident.


A protestor sets himself alight wearing a t-shirt saying 'End UK Private Jets' and is removed by security Laver Cup, Tennis Tournament, Day One, 02 Arena, London, UK - 23 Sep 2022

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The man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass by Metropolitan Police, according to .

“It came out of nowhere. I have no idea what this is all about. I never had an incident like this happen on court. I hope he is all right,” 24-year-old Tsitsipas said after the match, according to . “I wanted to proceed the match without having any minor changes to the court and to make sure it was playable, especially that area. It also got in my way of viewing experience, the way I saw the court later. There was a big mark over there and I just wanted to get it cleared up.”

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The abrupt protest came just hours before tennis legend was scheduled to take the court alongside for the final competitive doubles match of 41-year-old Federer’s career.

The Swiss tennis legend, who announced last Thursday that he , was sitting courtside when the protestor lit his arm on fire ahead of his match Friday, according to

A climate change activist protests against UK private jets while lighting his right arm on fire during the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, 23 September 2022.

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In July, climate activists ground the 2022 Tour de France’s 10th stage to a halt .

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