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The Roland-Garros men’s semi-final between Casper Ruud and Milan Cilic was delayed on Friday after an environmental protester tied his neck to the net.
The match was delayed 13 minutes in the third set when a woman wearing a white T-shirt with the words ‘We have 1028 days left’ ran on the court of Philippe Chatrier and appeared to attach to the netting using wires and glue.
“The young woman, of French nationality, entered the court with a valid ticket at the start of the day,” the French Tennis Federation said in a statement.
“The security team had to positively identify the items they used to enter the pitch before they could remove it.”
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The woman was eventually taken out of court by security and “handed over to the police”, the federation added.
“I didn’t really know how to react, and… I didn’t know if she was holding anything,” said Ruud, who won the match to advance to Sunday’s final. “I couldn’t see much. So it was a bit of an awkward and difficult situation. It had never happened to me before.”
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While Ruud may never have experienced a protest during the game, the French Open has had its share of disruptions over the years.
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In the 2013 men’s final, a topless man wearing a flare jumped onto the court. In the 2009 final, a man approached Roger Federer and tried to put a hat on Federer’s head. In the 2003 final, a male streaker crossed the net.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.