Climate protest at the US Open!
The women’s semi-final in New York between Coco Gauff (19/USA) and the Czech Karolina Muchova (27) was interrupted for 49 minutes due to protests from climate chaos at the score of 6: 4, 1: 0. In the end, the number 6 in the world won against the French Open finalist 6: 4, 7: 5.
Gauff: “I immediately said to the referee: This is a protest. I woke up this morning and thought to myself: something is still happening in the direction here. They did it at the French Open and at Wimbledon, but nothing had happened here yet. But I was thinking more about the final, not the semifinals.”
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Several people shouted slogans from the stands. Three men and a woman wore t-shirts with the slogan “End Fossil Fuels” in English: “Stop fossil fuels”. The action was met with boos from spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
When security forces finally arrived after several minutes, the majority of the 20,000 spectators chanted “Kick them out”. The problem: An activist was carried away, a man and a woman taken away, but another man had his feet glued to the ground.
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“Therefore, the use of the police and medical staff was necessary,” said the organizer. The four climate chaotics were removed from the stadium and taken into police custody.
It all took place in the middle tier of the stands. Because of the tumult, the game was not continued. The players first went into the dressing room. Among the visitors was the former world number one Naomi Osaka (25/Japan).
After a good half hour, the security forces managed to get the man off the ground. He was taken away in handcuffs by the police to the thunderous cheers of the visitors. Minutes later Gauff and Muchova came back and the game continued.
“The worst part is you don’t know how long it’s going to take. You are then in the cabin and keep warm. I just treated it like a rain break,” said the world No. 6.
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Climate chaos had already interrupted a match at Wimbledon. In July, they stormed Court 18 in the match between Grigor Dimitrov (32/Bulgaria) and Sho Shimabukuro (26/Japan). They threw confetti and puzzle pieces and wore t-shirts that said “Just stop oil.”
Crowd favorite Gauff had dominated the game until it was canceled and quickly led 5:1. She stumbled afterwards, but still got the set 6: 4 across the stage. After the first game of the second set, the climate chaos started their action.
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After 2:03 hours, Gauff converted her sixth match point. In the final on Saturday, she will meet either the American Madison Keys (28) or the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (25) in her second Grand Slam final after the French Open 2022.
At that time, Gauff had lost to the Pole Iga Swiatek (22). “I learned from that. In Paris I just wanted to meet the expectations of others, but I didn’t believe in it myself. Now it’s more like I want it and I have the confidence,” she said.
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