During a tennis tournament in Hawaii on Saturday, the game between the US and German women’s team was filled with controversy before the match even started. In a moment when each team is given respect with the playing of their national anthem’s, the German players were met with the most offensive version that could be played as the singer belted out the Nazi-era version containing the lyrics: “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles, uber alles in der Welt” (“Germany, Germany above all else, Above all else in the world”).
Afterwards, German player Andrea Petkovic spoke out on the flub, stating 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.”
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued a statement shortly after, apologizing for the flub. “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.”
What’s done is done though, and while the German Tennis Federation (DTB) accepted the apology via a statement made by its president Ulrich Klaus, it was added that how “in the year 2017 the wrong national anthem can be played, and one that is associated with so much cruelty in the past was for the players, staff and the German fans equally disturbing and shocking.”