“It’s Like A Hostage Situation”: Coco Gauff’s U.S. Open Semifinal Sidetracked For 45 Minutes By Climate Protesters

Coco Gauff’s semifinal match at the U.S. Open suffered a lengthy delay when three environmental protesters interrupted the match. Two were removed quietly but another, who had glued their feet to the floor, had refused to leave.

Gauff was dumbfounded. She went over and spoke with her team and could be heard asking if she could leave the court. The answer, for that moment, was “No.”

“They’re on the phone negotiating,” she was overheard saying. “It’s like a hostage situation.”

Finally, after nearly 50 minute delay, the match resumed with Gauff up one game in the second set after winning the first.

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