Tsitsipas – who had just snatched the first set for Team Europe – was able to continue his match with Schwartzman once the pitch-cleaning process was completed as he went on to claim a 6-2, 6-1 win.
Speaking after his victory, Tsitsipas said: “He came out of nowhere. I [have] No such incident occurred in court, so I hope he is fine. I wanted to go through with that match without making any minor changes to the pitch and wanted to make sure it was playable, especially that area. There was a big sign in there and I wanted to clean it up so I could move on the way I did before.”
The incident came just hours before 20-times tennis champion Federer was due to appear in court to bid farewell to the doubles match alongside his great rival Rafael Nadal, where he faces the American duo Francis Tiafoe and Jack Sock.