Ah, tennis. It’s not exactly the sport of kings, but it is the sport of Billie Jean King… so close enough. And with that said, we turn our attention to the USTA (United States Tennis Association). The group has recently come under fire for playing an anthem associated with the Nazis. The mishap took place during a quarterfinal match on Saturday in the Fed Cup.
The song in question, “Deutschlandlied,” was written during the 19th century, and actually predates the foundation of Nazi Germany, but the Nazis later adopted part of the song for their own anthem. Modern Germans are still leery towards the song, only using the third verse in their current anthem, and it was briefly banned after the Second World War. Yet, somehow, for reasons still unclear to us, a German opera singer crooned “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles, uber alles in der Welt,” which means “Germany, Germany, above all, above all in the world.”
Naturally, those currently on the German side of things were none too happy. “I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I’ve never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup,” said German player Andrea Petkovic at a press conference. “I’ve played Fed Cup for 13 years now and it is the worst thing that has ever happened to me.”
German tennis federation chief Ulrich Klaus also added that, “The fact that in the year 2017 a wrong anthem can be played that is associated with the horror of the past was for players and staff and the officials present both shocking and disturbing.”
The USTA later apologized for its actions, saying in a released statement, “We extend our sincerest apologies to the German Fed Cup team and all of its fans for the performance of an outdated National Anthem prior to today’s Fed Cup competition…In no way did we mean any disrespect.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.”
This is yet another unfortunate example of the rebirth of Nazis in the modern world, even if it was a massive oversight as they claim it to be. Do people use Google anymore or…