A woman disrupted the semi-final between Croatian Marin Cilic and Norwegian Casper Ruud at the ongoing French Open 2022 on Friday May 3. The environmental activist jumped onto the court and tied herself to the net during the men’s singles semi-final between the two players. The match had to be delayed for 15 minutes due to the disruption caused by the woman.
The woman, a French national, was spotted wearing a t-shirt with a message – “we have 1028 days left” referring to the UN climate change report. The woman went to Court Phillipe-Chatrier unchallenged, raising serious questions about the tournament’s security arrangements.
The woman tied herself to the net with a string around her neck and raised her right hand as the message on her t-shirt was highlighted. The French Tennis Federation said the woman entered the court with a valid ticket earlier in the day and attached herself to the net using metal and glue.
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Cilic and Casper Ruud quickly left the field when the woman burst in and tied herself to the net. Tournament director Amelie Mauresmo observed that security guards had to remove the woman before the match resumed. She was handed over to the police by the guards.
“An environmental activist managed to enter the Philippe Chatrier court and attached herself to the net with metal wires and glue. The young woman, of French nationality, entered the field with a valid ticket at the start of the day. She was then handed over to the police,” the French Tennis Federation said in a statement.
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Reacting to the incident, Casper Rudd, who beat Cilic 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-2 in Friday’s semi-finals, said he didn’t know how to react to the situation. He was leading 3-6 6-4 4-1 against the Croatian before play was stopped by the protester. The Norwegian said the break helped him find his rhythm.
“As for this protest, it was a bit, what should I say, mean maybe is a good word, because I didn’t really know how to react,” Ruud told reporters after his win. said Casper Roud.
“It was a bit of a tricky and difficult situation. It had never happened to me before. So we were taken outside for six, seven minutes and I was able to regroup a bit and pick up my pace,” he said. -he adds.
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