The USTA (United States Tennis Association) had to issue an official apology after a banned version of the German national anthem was played during the Fed Cup tie between Germany and USA on Saturday.
The controversy took place after the singer performed a verse of the anthem that dates back to World War II and which has been officially eliminated as part of the anthem since the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification in 1990.
“The USTA extends a sincere apology to the German Fed Cup team & fans 4 the outdated National Anthem,” the US Tennis Association said in a tweet. “This mistake will not occur again.”
The USTA extends a sincere apology to the German Fed Cup team & fans 4 the outdated National Anthem. This mistake will not occur again. pic.twitter.com/4LyG3ACe5u— USTA (@usta) February 11, 2017
The German players and coaches and a small but vocal contingent of German fans were quite uncomfortable with the entire incident and German player Andrea Petkovic was quite vocal about her feelings.
Petkovic, who was born in Bosnia, said in the German-speaking portion of her press conference that she considered walking off the court as the anthem went on.
“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 said after her loss.
On Day 1 of the Fed Cup tie, Alison Riske beat Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (10), 6-2 to give USA the lead, while CoCo Vandeweghe led Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-1 in the second singles encounter when rain halted play.
(With agency inputs)