JK Rowling, Jodie Kidd and rugby ace Chris Robshaw look horrified as protester sets himself on fire before Roger Federer’s final tennis match
- A protester ran onto the tennis court at the Laver Cup and set his hand on fire
- Kai, 20, organized the protest to stop the use of private jets in the UK
- He warned that climate change will lead to social collapse, torture and war
- Tennis legend Roger Federer will play his last match on court tonight
A protester had just set himself on fire on the tennis court Roger Federer is set to play his last match at 02 in a shocking incident.
Novelist JK Rowling, model Jodie Kidd and rugby ace Chris Robshaw looked on in horror as a climate activist set his right hand on fire in the middle of a pitch to protest against the use of private jets in the UK.
The 20-year-old protester, called Kai, is a member of the End UK Private Jets group, which claims “carbon emissions in 2022 are genocide”.
Tennis legend Roger Federer will play the last match of his legendary career on the Laver Cup court in London today.
Yesterday, tennis icons Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic played on the same court with Federer in the doubles match of the tournament.
Rowling also sat next to her husband of more than 20 years, Scottish doctor Neil Murray.
JK Rowling (bottom centre), Neil Murray (bottom left, her husband), Jodie Kidd (back, Rowling) and Chris Robshaw (top right) look on during day one of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena today
A climate activist ran onto the pitch of the 02 Arena in London and set his hand on fire
The man named Kai looked distressed, but the fire didn’t seem to damage his arm
The security guards finally managed to drag the man away and allow the match between Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman to continue
Federer and Nadal are expected to play together in the Laver Cup doubles final against Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe tonight.
The climate change activist interrupted the second set of the men’s singles match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Schwartzman.
He lit himself up and scowled as the flames licked his arm, but it didn’t seem to do him any harm.
While sitting on the tennis court, he rubbed his arm to put out the fire as a security guard rushed to grab him and eventually dragged him away.
The man has appeared in several videos in the past explaining his hard-line stance on climate activism.
End UK Private Jets posted a video on Twitter immediately after Kai explained why he was going to set his hand on fire.
He said: ‘I’m going to the Laver Cup tennis tournament in a few hours and I’m going to burn my hand on the court.
‘People will be saying things like ‘that’s terrible’, people in the stadium will be upset and anyone who hears about it will be really traumatised, especially if they’ve had experience of things like self-harm.
“Feeling angry about it… I think it’s okay to feel angry about it because it’s unfair, people are experiencing suffering.
“Humanity should be responsible to stop this kind of s*** happening, no one deserves to suffer, especially not young and vulnerable people.
“If we really believe that… we act like that to stop climate change as soon as possible.
“Because right now we’re on a path where hundreds of millions of people are going through unimaginable suffering, which is social collapse, torture, starvation, drought and war and shit like that.”
The man has appeared in several videos in the past explaining his hardline stance on climate activism
Kai argued that society should “stop climate change as quickly as possible”