Team USA took an early 1-0 lead in Fed Cup, but it wasn’t all roses on the first day of their tie against Germany in Maui on Saturday.
During the opening ceremony, the USTA and event organizers hired a man to sing the German anthem. Except the soloist sang an old Nazi version of the anthem.
German fans and teammates responded by singer the correct version over what was being sung in the stadium.
“I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I never felt more disrespected in my whole life,” said Andrea Petkovic. “I’ve played Fed Cup for 13 years now, and it was the worst thing that has ever happened to me.”
The USTA later apologized for the gaffe: “We extend our sincerest apologies to the German Fed Cup team and all of its fans for the performance of an outdated National Anthem prior to today’s Fed Cup competition. In no way did we mean any disrespect. This mistake will not occur again, and the correct anthem will be performed for the remainder of this first-round tie.”
If weather allows, the tie resumes today.
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