Hothead Barbora Strycova gets into fight with Jamie Murray at Australian Open
Tennis fans have been left stunned after notorious hothead Barbora Strycova got into a fight with Jamie Murray at the Australian Open.
The incident, which has been described as "wild" by New York Times tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg, lasted ten minutes and 29 seconds according to eyewitnesses. It took place during a mixed doubles match on 1573 Arena at Melbourne Park.
During the second game of the first set, the four players began to argue in front of the chair umpire. Their words were so heated that a tournament official came down to try and diffuse the situation.
The argument was allegedly caused by a ball that landed near the line, causing Strycova and Marcelo Melo and opponents Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands to argue when Mattek-Sands challenged its placement.
Mattek-Sands raised her hand to challenge it before the game continued. This led to Strycova and Melo losing a point, which they later claimed was unfair because Mattek-Sands' hand-raising put them off.
They were later returned the point, with Jamie Murray also turning on the umpire.
Murray's anger promoted to Strycova to argue back, resulting in a dispute that had them both in each other's faces, separated only by the tennis net.
Strycova allegedly screamed "This is a joke!" at the umpire.
The tournament supervisor was then brought into the court, but even he couldn't diffuse the situation.
Murray and Strycova ended up arguing for so long that their doubles partners eventually decided to sit down.
Ten minutes after the dispute began, Murray and Mattek-Sands finally challenged the ruling that led to the lost point and it was confirmed that it had landed out.
Despite arguing so profusely over a point, Murray and Mattek-Sands lost the first set, but they eventually fought back for a third set tie break 3-6 6-4 10-7.
However, this is far from the first time that Strycova has got into a notable fight at the Australian Open. She also argued with Yulia Putintseva when she beat her in the first round last year when Putintseva allegedly shook her hand too forcefully.
"I like to squeeze hand normal, but she squeezed me, like, hardcore! These bones - oww! Oww!” Strycova said, as per News.com.
"I was like, 'Why'd you do that?' She said, 'You squeezed my hand.' I said, 'I squeezed your hand normal! Just let it be.'
"I didn’t really care. It’s nothing big. Just, why?"