A protester was removed after invading the court at the 2022 Laver Cup (Picture: PA)

The 2022 Laver Cup was briefly interrupted by a climate change activist who burst onto the court and lit his right arm on fire during Friday’s day session.

The incident occurred during Stefanos Tsitsipas’ singles match against Diego Schwartzman – with both players, match officials and fans left unharmed.

The protester wore a white t-shirt which read ‘end UK private jets’ and he was dragged off the court at The O2 in London by members of security.

‘It came out of nowhere,’ Tsitsipas said after winning his match to put Team Europe 2-0 up. ‘I had no idea what this was all about.

‘I’ve never had an incident like this before on court. I hope he’s alright.

Quizzed on if his discussion with the match umpire was to ensure the court was playable after the incident, Tsitsipas added: ‘Correct.

‘I wanted to proceed that match without having any minor changes to the court. I wanted to make sure it was playable, especially that area.

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‘It also got in my way, the way I saw the court later, there was a big mark and I wanted it to be cleaned up.’

Broadcasters chose not to show the incident, but courtside pictures showed the man was screaming in agony.

The men’s Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios was also interrupted by a protester this year.

During the third set, Australian activist Drew Pavlou held up a sign which read, ‘where is Peng Shuai?’, and shouted, ‘where is Peng Shuai, Chinese tennis star persecuted by the Chinese government, why won’t Wimbledon say something?’.

The top players around the world are currently in action at the Laver Cup, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Djokovic.

Federer and Nadal face American duo Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in Friday’s evening session, in what will be the Swiss legend’s final professional match before retirement.

Murray is in action before that, looking to extend Team Europe’s lead when he faces Australian Alex de Minaur in singles.

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