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Violence erupts at Australian Open

Violence erupted at the Australian Open when rival Serbian and Bosnian fans hurled chairs and missiles at each other as the tournament was once again marred by ethnic tensions.

sports Updated: Jan 23, 2009 12:48 IST

Violence erupted at the Australian Open on Friday when rival Serbian and Bosnian fans hurled chairs and missiles at each other as the tournament was once again marred by ethnic tensions.

Some 30 people were evicted after the clashes, which left one woman injured, following Serbian Novak Djokovic's win over Bosnian-born American Amer Delic, police said.

The Australian Open has gained an unsavoury reputation for ethnic clashes with Serbian and Croatian fans attacking each other with flagpoles, bottles and boots in 2007.