Politics and tennis a volatile mix

The diverse mix of patriotic fans helps to make the Slam Down Under unique, but ethnic tension is becoming a troublesome trend at Melbourne Park.

Updated: January 23, 2009, 1:26 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The world comes to Melbourne Park for the Australian Open and, increasingly, brings its troubles along.

Ethnic passions boiled over for the third year in a row as Serbian and Bosnian supporters clashed on tournament grounds shortly after Serbia's Novak Djokovic completed his 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) defeat of Bosnian-born American Amer Delic.

"I'm really sad to hear about that," said Delic, who had posted a Web site message appealing for calm following ...

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