Protester sets arm on court ahead of Roger Federer’s Laver Cup farewell tennis match | UK News


A protester appeared to accidentally set his arm on fire on the O2 court in London ahead of Roger Federer’s farewell from tennis later in the evening.

The incident happened during the opening match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on the first day of this year’s Laver Cup.

During the substitution after the first set, a man ran onto the court and started a fire, which briefly ignited his arm.

The individual wore a T-shirt that read ‘End UK Private Jets’ and was quickly dragged out of court after the fire was extinguished.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Metropolitan Police said the man had been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespassing.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution and his injuries are not expected to be life-threatening or life-changing, the force added.

After a brief delay, the match – the second of the day – was able to resume.

Later in the evening, Swiss star Federer, 41, will play for the last time before retiring from tennis.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will team up with former rival Rafa Nadal for a match against Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.

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Federer announced his retirement last week after facing challenges in the form of “injuries and surgeries” and said he would stop playing competitively after the Laver Cup.

Ahead of tonight’s match, the tennis star teased fans and wrote on Twitter, “About to hit the training courts one last time with @RafaelNadal. Might do an IG Live on the way..”

Federer, whose trophy includes eight Wimbledon titles, created the tournament with his agent to honor his idol, Rod Laver.

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