The match between Coco Gauff and Karolína Muchová in a US Open match was halted on Thursday after an environmental protester “stuck his feet on the cement floor”, a presenter said.
The match between American Gauff and Czech Muchová was delayed by around 40 minutes.
There were three environmental protesters in all in an upper area, tournament director Stacey Allaster said in an interview while covering the sporting event.
Two of those protesters left quietly without incident, she said.
“When security officers arrived at the scene, they discovered that one of the protesters had stuck his bare feet to the cement floor,” Allaster said.
Gauff and Muchová took their places during the delay. A presenter described it as a protest at the “ends” of the stadium.
The match between the two players took place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, which has 24,000 seats.
“NYPD are in the process of resolving a problem with a ventilator. Play will resume as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience,” the US Open Tennis tweeted.
The protester was ejected and play resumed.
Police said the incident happened shortly after 8 p.m. and an investigation is ongoing.
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