'This is a joke': Australian Open match stopped for 10 minutes after 'wild' argument

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

A mixed double match at the Australian Open was halted for 10 minutes in just the second game as the players and the umpire argued over a hindrance call.

The match descended into chaos in only a few minutes when Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jamie Murray challenged a call against Marcelo Melo and Barbora Strycova, but played on and hit a winner.

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Melo and Strycova claimed Mattek-Sands’ call counted as hindrance during play and the umpire agreed giving the point to the pair.

But this did not sit well with Murray who was reportedly “screaming” at the umpire over the rule.

This incensed Strycova who came to the net and argued with Murray.

She was overheard claiming “this is a joke” as everyone argued.

Barbora Strycova argues with Jamie Murray at the net during the Australian Open. (Image: Eurosport)

A supervisor entered the court and tried to calm the situation down but was unable to resolve the dispute.

Eventually, the situation was resolved as the supervisor and umpire overturned the point and gave it to Mattek-Sands and Murray.

Mattek-Sands and Murray also went on to claim the match in three sets.

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