Climate protest delays Coco Gauff's U.S. Open semifinal win
Driving the news: One of the four environmental protesters "glued his bare feet" to the floor in the first game of the second set, per the New York Times. Extinction Rebellion activists said they were behind the protest that they claimed was a prelude to Climate Week NYC, which begins Sept. 17.
State of play: The U.S. Tennis Association said in a statement Thursday night that four protesters had been taken into custody following the demonstration.
- "Three of the four protesters were escorted out of the stadium without further incident," the U.S. Tennis Association said the statement.
- "The fourth protester affixed their bare feet to the floor of the seating bowl," it added. "Due to the nature of this action, NYPD and medical personnel were needed in order to safely remove this individual from the stadium."
What they're saying: "This protest is a prelude to the 'Biden: End Fossil Fuels' mass march scheduled to take place in New York City" on Sept. 17, per a statement from Extinction Rebellion Thursday night.
- The statement said the protest was designed to draw attention to "the greatest emergency of our time," disrupting the grand slam tennis event in "the same way a rain delay would."
- The activists said there is "no tennis on a dead planet" and demanded an end to fossil fuels use, per the statement.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.