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A protester sets his arm on fire in the stadium before Roger Federer’s farewell match at the Laver Cup | UK news

A protester sets his arm on fire in the stadium before Roger Federer's farewell match at the Laver Cup |  UK news

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A protester appeared to have accidentally set his arm on fire at the O2 Arena in London before bidding farewell to Roger Federer from tennis later that evening.

The accident occurred during the opening match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on the first day of this year’s Laver Cup.


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Tsitsipas grabbed the first set 6-2 and during the change, a man ran onto the field and set a fire that briefly set his arm on fire.

The person was wearing a T-shirt that read “End UK Private Jets” and was quickly dragged off the field after the fire was put out.

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After a short delay, the second match of the day was able to resume.

Later tonight, Swiss star Federer, 41, will play for the last time before retiring from tennis.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will team up with old rival Rafa Nadal in a match against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock of Team World.

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Federer announced his retirement last week after facing challenges in the form of “injuries and surgeries” and said he would stop playing competitively after the Laver Cup.

Ahead of tonight’s game, the tennis star infuriated the fans and wrote on Twitter: “On the verge of hitting the training grounds one last time with RafaelNadal. IG Live might be on the way..”

Federer, whose trophies include eight Wimbledon titles, created the tournament with his agent to honor his idol, Rod Laver.