The second men’s semi-final match at Roland Garros was briefly suspended as a protester entered the court wearing a T-shirt with the words “We have 1,028 days left”. What does this mean and which group has claimed responsibility for it?
You’re playing in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam – with the frightening prospect of facing Rafael Nadal on his favorite deck, the Final Prize, then a protester storming the field to disrupt the proceedings.
That was exactly what happened to Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic in the semi-finals at Roland Garros, when the match in the third set was interrupted briefly as a young woman walked onto the playing surface.
She tied herself to a tie in the net, before removing it about 15 minutes later.
However, she was wearing a T-shirt that read “We have 1,028 days left”? What does this mean and which group has claimed responsibility for the risk?
Who is responsible for the French Open protest?
Shortly after the Roland Garros incident, the group “Derniere Renovation” claimed responsibility for the invasion on social media.
The group claimed on Twitter that 22-year-old Alizee was the woman who entered Philippe Chatrier’s court, wearing the T-shirt that read ‘2018 days left’.
In the tweet, Alizée claims that “I entered the field because I could no longer risk doing nothing in the face of the climate emergency”.
It is just the latest in a series of forays into the field/playing area in the sport over the past two years.
At the 2020 British Grand Prix, Extinction Rebellion protesters disguised themselves as guards to hold a banner just before the start of the race just behind the doors.
In football, a Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United in March 2022 was called off when a protester cable tied his neck to a post.
What does “we have 1,028 days left” mean?
The message “1028 days left” is believed to refer to a recent UN climate report that says humanity has little time left to act in the event of the climate emergency.
From June 3, 2022 – protest day, 1028 days in the future is Thursday March 27, 2025.
After Alizee and her shirt bearing the words “We have 1,028 days left” were removed, the match resumed.
Rudd went on to claim a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Cilic.
It’s Norway’s first-ever Grand Slam final – and he’ll face the greatest tennis player ever in Nadal – who has racked up 13 wins at Roland Garros – and lost just three matches since 2005.
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