Laver Cup tennis protester under arrest in hospital after setting arm on fire

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The protester who hijacked the Laver Cup by storming the court and setting his arm on fire has since been arrested and taken to hospital, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

A police statement read: "At around 4.25pm on Friday, September 23, a man entered a tennis court at the O2 Arena and set fire to his arm. Security staff extinguished the fire.

"The man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass. He has been taken to hospital as a precaution; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing."

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Play had to be stopped in London during the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on Friday before the man in question was dragged off the court.

The protester had made his way onto the court wearing a t-shirt that read "End UK private jets" before he set himself and an object on the floor on fire.

"However, security were able to extinguish the flames before they dragged away the climate change protester."

A statement from the Laver Cup read: "A man accessed the court this afternoon and was promptly removed by security.

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"Play was stopped briefly, he has been arrested and the situation is being handled by the police."

Tsitsipas, who defeated Schwartzman 6-2, 6-1, said: “It came out of nowhere. 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.

“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.

“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.”


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