Laver Cup: Protester runs onto court and briefly sets fire to his arm during opening session at The O2

A protester set fire to his arm during the opening session of this year’s Laver Cup at The O2 in London.

The incident happened during the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on the first day of the competition.

Tsitsipas clinched the first set 6-2 and during the changeover, a man ran onto the court and lit a fire, which briefly set his arm ablaze.

The individual was wearing a t-shirt which read: “End UK Private Jets” and was quickly dragged out of the court after the fire had been extinguished.

The protester was quickly taken away by security before the match resumed

There was a quick check of the surface to ensure if has not been damaged during the bizarre incident, before the match was able to resume after a brief delay.

Tsitsipas went on to win the match 6-2, 6-1 to give Team Europe a 2-0 lead over the Rest Of The World in the competition, following on from Casper Ruud’s victory over Jack Sock.

Swiss great Roger Federer is due to take to the court later in the day for the final match of his career, with the 41-year-old partnering his great rival Rafael Nadal to face the American duo of Sock and Frances Tiafoe.

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Sky Sports’ Jacquie Beltrao, at the O2 during the incident, said: “If you’ve ever been to the O2, the court is very lit and the audience very dark, so the players wouldn’t be able to see him coming.

“He was wearing a t-shirt that read “End UK private jets” and of course all these players arrived at the Laver Cup by private jet including Roger Federer, whose last match is tonight. That’s definitely going to take a shine off the occasion.”

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