New York – A fan was ejected from a US Open tennis match early Tuesday morning after German player Alexander Zverev complained that the man used language from Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.
Zverev, the No. 12 seed, was serving at 2-2 in the fourth set of his match against No. 6 Jannik Sinner when he suddenly presided over umpire James Keothavong and pointed to the fan, who was in a section behind the table. referee.
“He just said the most famous Hitler line in the world,” Zverev told Keothavong. “It’s not acceptable.”
Keothavong turned around and asked the fan to identify himself, then asked the fans to be respectful to both players. Then, during the substitution shortly after Zverev held his serve, the fan was identified by spectators seated next to him and was removed by security.
“There was a disparaging remark directed at Alexander Zverev,” US Tennis Federation spokesman Chris Widmaier said. “The fan was identified and escorted from the stadium.”
Zverev said after the game that fans had made derogatory comments before, but that Hitler was not involved.
“He started singing Hitler’s national anthem from that time. It was ‘Deutschland Uber Alles’ and it was a bit too much,” Zverev said.
“However, I think he was involved in the game for a long time. I don’t mind, I like it when fans are loud, I like it when fans are emotional. But I think I’m German and I’m not really proud of that am.” history, it’s not really a great thing to do and I think a lot of people have heard it when he’s in one of the front rows. So if I just don’t respond I think it’s bad on my part. ”
Zverev dropped that set as he began to struggle with the damp conditions after Sinner suffered severe cramping in the third set. But Zverev recovered to win the fifth set, completing a match that lasted 4 hours and 41 minutes at about 1:40 am. He will play defending US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals.
Zverev said it wasn’t hard to get past the fan comment.
“It’s honestly his loss that he didn’t attend the last two sets of that match,” said Zverev.