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The US Tennis Association apologized after playing a Nazi-era anthem during the Fed Cup


The United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued an apology Saturday after playing an outdated stanza of the German national anthem before a Fed Cup match on the Hawaiian island of Maui. 

A male soloist at the match sang a stanza that dates back to World War II Nazi Germany. It began with the lines “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles, uber alles in der Welt," which translates to “Germany, Germany, above all, above all in the world," according to The Guardian

I thought it was the epitome of ignorance...
Andrea Petkovic

German team member Andrea Petkovic, who was born in Bosnia, told reporters she was disturbed by the performance. 

"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. 

She followed up her press conference remarks with a tweet explaining how she felt. 

"We were mostly stunned and did not know how to react," Petkovic said in her tweet. "We feared the whole thing could fall back on us." 

Petkovic added in her tweet that the U.S. Tennis Association issued an apology after the incident. 

In its apology, the  USTA said, "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."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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