PARIS (AP) — An environmental activist wearing a T-shirt with the message "We have 1028 days left" interrupted the
French Open men’s semifinal between Casper Ruud and 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic by attaching herself to the net with metal wires and glue and kneeling on the court Friday.
Play was delayed for 13 minutes during a game with Ruud serving in the third set while leading 3-6, 6-4, 4-1, 15-all at Court Philippe Chatrier.
"The young woman, of French nationality, entered the grounds with a valid ticket early in the day," the French Tennis Federation said in a statement issued after Ruud finished off his victory in four sets to reach his first Grand Slam final.
He will face 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal for the title on Sunday.
The protester remained on the court for several minutes before four security guards approached her, detached her from the net and eventually carried her away.