Ruud semi-final win over Cilic stopped for 10 minutes by protestor

French Open semi-final between Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic suspended for 10 minutes as woman environmental protestor bursts onto court and ties herself to the net

  • Casper Ruud’s semi-final victory against Marin Cilic was halted by a protestor
  • A woman stormed onto Court Phillipe-Chatrier and attached herself to the net
  • She is believed to be a climate-change protestor campaigning against inaction
  • The match was put on hold for 10 minutes whilst the woman was removed

Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic were held up by a protestor in the third set of their second semi-final at Roland Garros. 

The players were forced to depart for approximately 10 minutes when a woman ran on to the court and tied herself to the net.

Play was interrupted with Ruud leading 3-6 6-4 4-1, as security guards took up positions and the protester was removed.  

The protestor walked on to the court with relative ease and fastened herself to the net

It took 10 minutes for the woman to be removed and the third set of the semi-final to continue

Ruud later went on to win the match in four sets to book a place in the final against clay-court expert Rafael Nadal.

The woman appeared to be a climate-change protestor and sported a T-shirt bearing the phrase ‘we have 1028 days left’.

She is believed to belong to a group of campaigners who oppose France’s ‘inaction’ towards climate change.

Casper Ruud (left) beat Marin Cilic (right) in four sets to make the final against Rafael Nadal

Her invasion of Court Phillipe-Chatrier during the third set was entirely unchallenged as she fastened herself to the net, casting doubt over the security at Roland Garros.

Tournament director Amelie Mauresmo witnessed the players exit the court for 10 minutes while the woman was detached.

The incident followed the first-semi final between Alexander Zverev and Nadal, which saw the Spaniard win by default as Zverev suffered a serious injury and was forced to retire.

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