LONDON, 23 Sep. (PA Average/dpa/EP) –

The first day of the Laver Tennis Cup, which pits a European team against an International team, was marked, beyond being Roger Federer’s last match, by the action of a protester who jumped onto the O2 Arena track of London and set fire to one arm

This protest occurred during the second match of the competition between the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman. Following the former’s 6-2 win in the first set, the spectator ran onto the court during the changeover and set his arm on fire before security personnel were able to put it out.

The protester, who was wearing a T-shirt that read ‘End UK Private Jets’, was later arrested. “This person was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary. He has been taken to hospital as a precaution; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing,” the statement said. policeman.

“It came out of nowhere. I have no idea what this is all about, an incident like this has never happened on court before. I hope he’s okay,” Tsitsipas explained after the match. “”I wanted to continue the match without minor changes on the pitch and make sure it was playable, especially in that area. It also got in the way of how I viewed the experience, the way I viewed the track later. There was a big mark there and I just wanted to clear it up,” he added.