French activist shares message after storming onto court at Roland Garros

22-year-old Alizée interrupted th Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic match at Roland Garros.

by Dzevad Mesic
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French activist shares message after storming onto court at Roland Garros

22-year-old environmental activist named Alizée said it's time to face our reality and take actions before it is too late. On Friday night at Roland Garros, Alizée stormed onto the court and tied herself onto the net.

Alizée wore a tshirt that read "WE HAVE 1028 DAYS LEFT." Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic were in the middle of the third set of their French Open semifinal when Alizée stormed onto the court. It took some time before the security staff was able to remove Alizée.

After the match, it was revealed Alizée was a member of French activist group Derniere Renovation. “We are in 2022 and it is time to face reality, the world to which politicians are sending us is a world to which Roland Garros will no longer be able to exist.

Today, I entered the field because I can no longer take the risk of doing nothing in the face of the climate emergency," Alizée said in a statement.

Ruud on Alizée storming onto the court

Ruud, who was up against Cilic when Alizée stormed onto the court, was able to keep his focus and claim a four-set win.

After the match, he reflected on the incident that happened during the match. “(I was) a bit scared, honestly,” Ruud said. "I didn’t really know what was going on. When it comes to this protest, it was a little bit - what should I say - nasty is maybe a good word.

I didn’t really know how to react to it, and I didn’t know if - because I only saw her back. I didn’t know if she was holding anything or what was around her neck. I didn’t get to see too much. So it was a little bit (of a) tricky and difficult situation; never happened to me before.

So we were taken [off the court] for six, seven minutes and I got to regroup a little bit and got my flow going again”.

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