WATCH: Coco Gauff’s semifinal against Karolina Muchova HALTED due to ‘extreme’ protest by climate change activists at US Open
Semifinal match between Coco Gauff and Karolina Muchova was halted due to protests.
Climate change activists(Image via X/@jackciapciak)
In a shocking instance at the US Open, the semi-final match between Coco Gauff and Karolina Muchova was halted because of disturbance from the stands. As the two players engaged in a fiery fight for the finals, “climate change activists” began chanting loudly and disrupted the game. In the guise of spectators, there were protestors who were seated on the upper deck of the Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Women’s Singles Semi-Final match between Coco Gauff and Karolina Muchova.
The protestors took the stadium officials by shock as they were puzzled and apparently unsure of their next step as the two players stepped off the court with their respective teams. The match came to a halt as Gauff led the second set with 1-0. She won the first set against her Czech opponent with a score of 6-4. The American was seen having a discussion with her coach as she sat by the warm-up bikes with her team as she waited for the game to resume.
The New York Police Department was called to the scene. One of the protestors, however, had according to reports, “glued his feet” to the ground. The guy wore a T-shirt saying “End Fossil Fuels”. There were at least three protestors in the stands. A total of 8 NYPD officers reached the scene in hopes of escorting the person out. After a 30-minute long wait, the NYPD was able to escort the protestors out of the stadium and the game resumed.
Coco Gauff marches into the US Open final despite protests on Arthur Ashe Stadium
This marks the first time, Climate change Activists have protested during a live match at the US Open. For a short period of time, the protestors took the spotlight off the participating players.
According to some reports, there were at least three protestors seated amongst the audience who kept their peace and waited for the first set to be over. The protestors carried signs and demanded the authorities to end the use of fossil fuels. The NYPD escorted them out after a 30-minute struggle.
After the havoc, the match resumed where Gauff needed match points to beat her opponent in straight sets. She won the match 6-4, 7-5 to march into her first US Open final where she’ll face either Aryna Sabalenka or Madison Keys.
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