hree climate change protestors disrupted the US Open women’s semi-finals on Friday causing a 45minute delay after one glued his bare feet to the ground.
The trio, wearing End Fossil Fuels T-shirts, caused play to be halted in the first semi-final between Coco Gauff and Karolina Muchova as they started chanting “end fossil fuels”.
Two were quickly ejected but a third had glued his feet to the ground, which resulted in the players being escorted off court as New York police officers worked to free the protestor’s feet.
Following the disruption, crowd favourite Gauff went on to seal a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Muchova and booked her place in Saturday’s final, her second grand slam final after last year’s French Open.
She will face either Aryna Sabalenka or countrywoman Madison Keys who were playing in the latter semi-final.
Following the incident, US Open boss Stacey Allaster said of the protestors: “There were three. Two of them were removed, they quietly left without further protest. When security got there, they found that one of the protesters had physically glued themselves in their bare feet to the cement floor.”