U.S. Tennis Association Accidentally Performs Nazi Anthem Prior to Germany-USA Fed Cup Match (Video)

usta performs outdated german national anthem at fed cup match

The United States Tennis Federation stepped in a huge pile of flaming dogsh*t on Saturday, as they accidentally performed the Nazi-era German national anthem prior to a Federations Cup match between USA’s Alison Riske and Germany’s Andrea Petkovic.

The tune for the “Deutschlandlied” (“Song of Germany”), also known as “Das Lied der Deutschen” (“The Song of the Germans”), was written by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn in 1797. In 1841 German poet August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben wrote lyrics to support the movement for unification of German states. This song, which has three verses, became the national anthem of Germany in 1922. However, when the Nazis came to power, they ditched the second and third versus and kept only the first. It starts, “Deutschland, Deutschland über alle,” which translates “Germany, Germany above all else.”

Following World War II, West Germany once again adopted “Deutschlandlied” as its national anthem. However, they dropped the first verse, which is now forever associated with the Nazis, and instead went with just the third verse, which starts with, “Unity and justice and freedom for the German fatherland!”

Unfortunately, it was the antiquated first verse of the German national anthem that the USTA somehow had performed on Saturday. And despite the fact that everyone on the German Fed Cup team and every German in the stands began singing the correct lyrics at the top of their lungs, the singer just kept on going with the lyrics he had in front of him.

Take a look:


Petkovic was livid about the mistake after the match, which she lost in straight sets.

“I have never felt so disrespected in my life, it was an absolute effrontery and insolence, of the very worst kind […] We’re in 2017. Something like this should not happen in America. Jule Görges immediately began to howl when she heard the singer’s first words. And I also had tears in my eyes and was angry.”

It seems unlikely that the USTA’s statement about the gaffe, which is pretty weak, will do anything to suppress Petkovic’s anger.


Seriously, where did the USTA even find this outdated version of the German anthem? Pretty sad and embarrassing.

Hat Tip – [Deadspin]

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