referring to But it is the worst that happened to me in my Fed Cup life.”The USTA apologized in a statement after Petkovic’s original comments.
“The USTA extends its sincerest apologies to the German Fed Cup team and all of its fans for the performance of an outdated national anthem prior to today’s Fed Cup competition,” the statement said.
The singing of the verse brought a stern response from Petkovic and an official statement of apology from the United States Tennis Association.
Alison Riske beat Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (10), 6-2, and CoCo Vandeweghe led Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-1 when rain halted play.
The stanza of the anthem that was sung translates to “Germany, Germany, above all, above all in the world,” which became identified with Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.
as declared in Will Kimbal, a hospital worker said to be a former opera singer, is now a former national anthem singer.
Before the Fed Cup tennis match in Hawaii yesterday, a singer sang the wrong verse for the German National Anthem, going with the one most associated with Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Next time, don’t turn to Google to find the words to the National Anthem of Germany, sir.
The USTA extends a sincere apology to the German Fed Cup team & fans 4 the outdated National Anthem.
pic.twitter.com/4LyG3ACe5u — USTA (@usta) February 11, 2017“I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I’ve never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup,” Germany’s Andrea Petkovic told Reuters.
as declared in “It was the worst experience that has ever happened to me – horrifying and shocking,” Andrea Petkovic told the German Tennis Federation’s website.
“We extend our sincerest apologies to the German Fed Cup team and all of its fans for the performance of an outdated National Anthem prior to today’s Fed Cup competition,” it said in a statement.
Members of the German team were outraged by the mistake.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) was left embarrassed at the weekend after a singer in its employ sang the Nazi version of the German national anthem during a Fed Cup meeting between the two countries in Hawaii.
Despite the song being written long before Adolf Hitler came to power, the verse was closely associated with his Third Reich regime.