Watch video: Protester Sets His Arm on Fire During Laver Cup Opening Session

Watch video: Protester Sets His Arm on Fire During Laver Cup Opening Session ...

On the opening day of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London, a protestor set his arm on fire while a match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman was taking place.

The protestor is said to be a climate change activist who was wearing a t-shirt with the words "End UK Private Jets" in capital letters. The incident has occurred just hours before Roger Federer will take the court for his final match of his career.

Protestor Enters the Court and Sets His Arm on Fire

Tsitsipas took the first set of shoes and then lit a candle on his right arm, then shaking his arm vigorously, igniting a flame that was put off by a security guard using his jacket.

The protestor was taken from the court and was held temporarily by security guards in a hallway to the court entrance. Sacrifice for Survival is a climate emergency demonstration organization that began earlier, in which activists set themselves on fire every day to protest against flights throughout the United Kingdom.

The protestor did not appear to have sustained any serious injury. The match had to be halted for a while after the man left as the organizers had to ensure that there was no issue with the court surface.

Tsitsipas claims to have never experienced such an event before.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had just finished his first set when the protestor walked onto the court, has now said that this was the first time he has experienced such an event. "I have no clue what it's all about, because I've never seen an incident like this on-court," he said.

Tsitsipas, who defeated Schwartzman 6-2, 6-1, said he wanted to ensure that there were no minor changes to the court prior to continuing with the match. "I wanted to continue with the match without having any minor modifications to the court," said the Greek player.

Protestors have also been seen in tennis matches earlier.

A protestor has entered the court for the first time during an Australian Open match between Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal. In the same match last year, protestors gathered outside the Rod Laver Arena with a banner that read "Abolish refugee detention."

An environmental activist glued herself to the net with wires and glue during the French Open semi-final between Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic. Today, Roger Federer will face Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe of the United States.

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