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WATCH: USTA play nazi-era national anthem for Germany, forced to awkwardly apologise
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WATCH: USTA play nazi-era national anthem for Germany, forced to awkwardly apologise

After an outdated version of the German national anthem was played ahead of a Fed Cup tie in Hawaii, the USTA issued a swift apology.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued an apology to the German Fed Cup team and fans on Saturday following an embarrassing anthem mix-up.

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At the opening ceremony preceding the tie between the two nations in Hawaii, the abolished first verse of the visitors' national anthem — no longer used due to its association with Nazi Germany — was sung.


The USTA was quick to say sorry for the incident, releasing a statement via its official Twitter account.


It read: "The USTA extends a sincere apology to the German Fed Cup team and fans 4 [sic] the outdated National Anthem. This mistake will not occur again."

The German Tennis Federation replied: "we hope so", prompting a further apology from the USTA.


@DTB_Tennis We can assure you that it won't. Again, our sincere apologies.


American Alison Riske beat Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (10), 6-2, and American CoCo Vandeweghe led Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-1 when rain halted play. German team member Petkovic, who was born in Bosnia, said she considered walking off the court as the anthem went on.

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