Climate change activist runs on the court at the Laver Cup and sets himself on fire

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A man sets fire on his hand during protest at a match Team World's Diego Schwartzman against Team Europe's Stefanos Tsitsipas on day one of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London.
A man sets fire on his hand during protest at a match Team World's Diego Schwartzman against Team Europe's Stefanos Tsitsipas on day one of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London.AP Photo/Kin Cheung
  • A climate change activist set himself on fire at the Laver Cup on Friday.

  • The man ran on to the court and set his arm alight.

  • He was wearing a T-shirt that read: "END UK PRIVATE JETS."

LONDON – A climate change activist disrupted play at the Laver Cup on Friday in dramatic fashion when he ran on to the court and set himself on fire.

The protestor – who was wearing a T-shirt that read "END UK PRIVATE JETS" – ran onto the middle of the court mid-way through Stefanos Tsitsipas' 6-2, 6-1 win over Diego Schwartzman.

He then sat down by the net and appeared to pour lighter fluid on his right arm before setting it alight. The fluid also spilled onto the ground and caught on fire.

The protestor proceeded to scream in agony and quickly put out the fire on his arm by hitting himself frantically, while staff ran to douse the blaze on the ground.

He was then removed from the court and was led away from the arena. The match resumed after the man was detained and the liquid was cleared from the court.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Tsitsipas said: "He came out of nowhere. I've never had an incident happen like this on court. I hope he's alright."

"End UK Private Jets" is climate change protest group.

In a post shared on the group's Twitter account after the incident, the group confirmed the protestor's name as Kai.

"The liveable climate of our planet is collapsing," said the tweet. "No one is taking it seriously. Is humanity not worth saving? Let's get into resistance against this death machine."

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