PARIS পরিবেশ An environmental activist blocked the French Open men’s semifinal for 15 minutes between Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Norwegian Caspar Rudd on Friday when he jumped into the Court Philippe Chatriar and tied himself up and was trapped.
The woman, a French national, wearing a T-shirt with the words ‘We have 1028 days left’ tied to the edge of the net with a string around her neck.
The message on both sides of his white T-shirt was a reference to a UN report on climate change.
According to the French Tennis Federation, “Philippe Chatterjee, an environmental activist, was able to get on the court and attach himself to the net with metal wire and glue.”
The young woman, a French citizen, entered the field early in the day with a valid ticket. He was then handed over to the police. “
The security guards did not rush to him but scattered around the court and then slowly approached him before removing him from the net.
Players were quickly thrown off the court and the game was interrupted for about 15 minutes as Rudd led 3-6, 6-4, 4-1.
“When it comes to this protest, it was a little, what can I say, a bad word is probably a good word, because I didn’t really know how to react to it,” Rudd told reporters after his victory.
“It simply came to our notice then. Never before with me. So we were taken out for six, seven minutes and I regrouped a bit and my flow started again. “
This is not the first time the French Open has been disrupted.
During the 2009 men’s final, a spectator jumped from the stand onto the court and tried to put a hat on Roger Federer’s head. In the 2013 showpiece between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, a masked defendant flashed around the courthouse.
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