USTA apologise for playing Nazi-era anthem

February 12, 2017

 Petkovic and Riske before their clash which the American won in two sets

Petkovic and Riske before their clash which the American won in two sets

THE UNITES STATED TENNIS ASSOCIATION have issued their deepest apologies after a Nazi-era song was sung before their Fed Cup clash with Germany.

America faced the European’s in Hawaii, and they caused outrage among among fans and from the German team after the soloist belted out the wrong verses.

The anthem that should have been sang is called ‘Deutschlandlied’ but instead the crowd listen to the words of ‘Deutschland Uber Alles’ which translates to Germany above everything.

That anthem was ditched after 1945 having been in use under the Weimar Republic from the 1920s, but made a comeback when the singer sung the first verse ‘Germany, Germany above all else.’

‘Unity and justice and freedom for the German fatherland’ should have been what Andrea Petkovic was listening to as she was getting ready to face 26-year-old Alison Riske.

The German was left incensed after the wrong anthem was played and criticised the Americans
The German was left incensed after the wrong anthem was played and criticised the Americans
Riske claimed her first ever Fed Cup win when she beat the European veteran
Riske claimed her first ever Fed Cup win when she beat the European veteran

The USTA were quick to apologise and tweeted: “The USTA extends a sincere apology to the German Fed Cup team & fans 4 the outdated National Anthem. This mistake will not occur again.

“This was an honest mistake, but it will not happen again. We apologize to the German Fed Cup team and their fans.”

Germany’s tennis associtation – Deutscher Tennis Blund, replied saying: “We hope so…”

An outraged Petkovic said after the match: “I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I’ve never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup, and I’ve played Fed Cup for 13 years now and it is the worst thing that has ever happened to me.”

Petkovic even considered walking off the court as it was being played as she felt so disrespected
Petkovic even considered walking off the court as it was being played as she felt so disrespected

Riske said speaking post-match: “As it was happening, obviously, we have no idea. We have nothing but respect for the German team and obviously that will not happen again.”

The American beat her opponent in two sets 7-6 6-2 to record her first ever Fed Cup win.

The tournament is the female equivalent to the Davis Cup, and is the largest international competitions in women’s tennis having been established in 1963.

SOURCE: thesun.co.uk


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