The second men’s semi-final at Roland Garros was temporarily halted when a protester entered the court wearing a t-shirt that said, “We Have 1028 Days Left.” What does this mean, and who is responsible for it?
You’re in the semi-finals of a major slam, facing Rafael Nadal on his preferred surface as the grand prize when a protester storms onto the court to cause havoc.
That’s exactly what happened in Casper Rudd and Marin Cilic’s semi-final at Roland Garros when the match was abruptly paused in the third set when a young woman entered the court.
She was tethered to the net with a cable tie before being retrieved 15 minutes later.
She was, however, wearing a t-shirt that read, ‘We Have 1028 Days Left.’ What does this imply, and who is claiming responsibility for the stunt?
We have 1028 days left Meaning
The phrase ‘We Have 1028 Days Left’ is assumed to be a reference to a recent United Nations Global Report that stated that humanity only had a limited amount of time to address the climate problem.
1028 days from the 3rd of June 2022 – the day of the protest – is Thursday, 27th of March 2025.
The action continued when Alizée and her ‘We Have 1028 Days Left’ t-shirt was removed.
Rudd eventually defeated Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.
It will be the Norwegian’s first grand slam final, and he will face Rafael Nadal, the best clay tennis player of all time, who has won 13 titles at Roland Garros and has only lost three matches since 2005.