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Andy Murray’s match against Taylor Fritz HALTED after protestor throws giant tennis balls onto court

ANDY MURRAY was forced to HALT his match against Taylor Fritz after protestors threw giant balls onto the court.

The tennis aces were facing off in the last 16 of the Washington Open.

But during the first set with the score 1-3, the match had to be paused for five minutes.

The disruption was caused when protestors threw oversized balls onto the court while Murray was preparing to serve.

There was also a banner urging people to stop using fossil fuels.

They were then thrown out of the arena by police and the match was able to restart.

Murray and Fritz went to their seats while the protestors were removed from the arena.

The Brit had already been frustrated in the match as he smashed his racket into the floor after a tough start against the American.

Fans that saw the moment could not help but make jokes on social media.

One tweeted: “The highlight of the first set of this Andy Murray vs Taylor Fritz match so far was when a protester threw a big yellow tennis ball onto the court to disrupt play, and a commentator goes ‘perhaps they’re just trying to help Murray see the ball a bit better’.”

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While a second joked: “It takes some balls to do that.”

It is not the first time tennis has been targetted by climate protestors.

During Wimbledon, there were multiple delays caused to games due to interruptions.

More to follow…

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