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Protester Lights Arm on Fire at Laver Cup


Fire and Ice came to Laver Cup.

A protestor lit his arm on fire and set a small fire on the black court of the O2 Arena interrupting the Laver Cup match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman in London today.

The man, wearing a white “End UK Private Jets” t-shirt was dragged off court by security.

A staffer took off his jacket and used it to extinguish the flames on court.

While the fire briefly burned, Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg, one half of the famed “Fire & Ice” rivalry with opposing captain John McEnroe took the scene in from his court-side seat.

“I mean, it came out of nowhere,” Tsitsipas said. “I have no idea what it’s all about. I never had an incident like this happen on court, so I hope he’s all right.”

Tsitsipas said the brief fire left a mark on the charcoal-colored court.

“I wanted to proceed with that match without having any minor changes to the court, and I wanted to make sure it’s playable, especially that area,” Tsitsipas said. “It also got in my way in my viewing kind of experience of the court, the way I saw the court later. There was a big mark over there, and I wanted it to be cleaned up in order for me to proceed the way I did before.”

Photo credit: AP





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