Fiery weather protest in London interrupted Laver Cup match

Fiery weather protest in London interrupted Laver Cup match

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A competitor burns his hand during the opening session of this year’s Laver Cup at London’s O2.

This incident occurred during the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on the first day of the tournament.

Tsitsipas won the first game 6-2 when a man ran onto the court and lit a fire during the transition, which briefly burned his hand.

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The man was wearing a T-shirt that read “End UK Private Jets” and hurried out of court after the fire was extinguished.

After a brief delay, the game was able to resume second on day one.

Earlier, Casper Ruud won the Laver Cup opener after seeing off Jack Sock.

Rudd expects the first day of the Laver Cup to be an emotional affair.

He said: “It’s going to be very emotional around here in a few hours.

“It’s been all laughs so far but I’m sure there will be a few tears when Roger walks the court for the last time.

“One of the greatest athletes of all time, no matter the sport. I’m so lucky to be on stage to witness it so close and I’m sure ticket holders tonight will probably have some of the best times of their lives.

Europe thanks Stephanos Tsitsipas for his outstanding performance against Diego Schwartzman.

“I know I’m up against a tough opponent. Diego is a man who returns to every ball. It was more of a physical challenge,” Tsitsipas said.

“I’m happy with the way I pitched and I was very patient today which helped. When things didn’t go well in the second set, I wasn’t in a hurry, but I kept calm and kept going.

“The way I put it on the court was with my teammates always punching me and giving me their best energy.

“So that was definitely something that contributed to the good result today and I was able to play with a lot of intensity and never let up.”

The disruption caused by the opposition did not deter Tsitsipas who emerged victorious.

London’s O2 Arena will later host Roger Federer’s final, but before that Andy Murray has a chance to make it out of the top three in the European group with Alex de Minaur.

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