The semifinal match of the US Open between the local Coco Gauff and the Czech Karolina Muchova had to be stopped for almost an hour after they three people will begin to protest from the stands against the use of fossil fuels The American ended up winning 6-4, 7-5.
A group of three environmental protesters positioned in the upper stands of the Arthur Ashe stadium they began to shout the prayer “end fossil fuels”, which they also had stamped on their shirts. This caused play to be stopped for 45 minutes shortly after the second set began.
The US Open authorities, with the help of the New York police, undertook the task of removing these people from the facilities, however, only two could be evicted as soon as possible. The third person used a type of glue that fixed it to the floor of the stands.
Stacey Allaster, director of the United States Open, was in charge of telling what had happened. “As we saw, we had environmental protesters in the box area (…) When security got there, they found that one of the protesters had physically glued himself, with his bare feet, to the concrete floor”, he expressed to the ESPN network.
The scandal generated by the demonstrators was such that television commentators, fans in the stands and the players themselves were confused by what was happening.
The incident occurred around 8 p.m. local time, and did not resume until 8:50 p.m.that is to say that the semifinal was stopped for at least 45 minutes, something that undoubtedly affects the performance of the players and could cause them later physical problems, as well as damage to the show itself.
As the New York Times recalls, this is not the first environmental protest to take place at a tennis tournament this year, and it is that at Wimbledom, held in July, protesters caused a game to be stopped after throwing confetti on a tennis court. grass.
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