Nazi-era national anthem shocks Fed Cup players

"The USTA extends a honest apology to the German Fed Cup team & fans 4 the outdated National Anthem", the US Tennis Association said in a tweet.

The first stanza, which begins "Germany, Germany above all else, Above all else in the world", is closely associated with Adolf Hitler's Third Reich and Nazi ideology.

The first verse of the original anthem (as seen in the video above) has effectively been banned in Germany and it no doubt caused plenty of offence to those who had made the trip to Hawaii.

Germany's Andrea Petkovic was about to play America's Alison Riske but the anthem left German players and fans irate.

It might have been an honest mistake, but the visiting German team at the annual Fed Cup hosted by the US Tennis Association certainly didn't see it that way.

Relevant to your professional network? "This mistake will not occur again".

Even before the first ball was hit in a high-octane Fed Cup quarterfinal between United States of America and Germany in Hawaii, there was controversy and plenty of embarrassing faces.

The German team and around 20 fans attempted to sing the correct words, "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" ("Unity and justice and freedom"), over the amplified taboo verse. "As it was happening, obviously, we have no idea", Riske said. "We have nothing but respect for the German team and obviously that will not happen again". Rain is in the Maui forecast but organizers are optimistic about completing the tie, the first for new US Fed Cup captain Kathy Rinaldi.

  • Julie Sanders