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Man sets himself on fire at London tennis court where Roger Federer will play his last match

A man set his arm on fire on the court during a tennis tournament in London on Friday to protest the use of private jets in Britain.

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas was playing Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in a Laver Cup match at the O2 Arena when the unidentified man stormed onto the pitch wearing a T-shirt reading “End UK Private Jets”.

Swiss great Roger Federer would take the court later that day for the final match of his career, with the 41-year-old teaming up with Rafael Nadal of Spain to take on the American duo of Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.

Photos showed the man’s arm engulfed in flames.

Three security guards walked him off the pitch before play resumed, cell phone video showed.

“A man entered the pitch this afternoon and was quickly removed by security,” a Laver Cup official said.

A man sets himself on fire during a protest at the Laver Cup tennis tournament at The O2 in London on September 23, 2022.Kin Cheung/AP

The official said the man has since been arrested.

Tsitsipas ended up winning Friday’s match, 6-2, 6-1, giving Team Europe a 2-0 lead.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.


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