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US Open ejects fan for Hitler regime phrase during Zverev match

A fan was forcibly removed from a US Open tennis match in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a complaint by German player Alexander Zverev. The player alleged that the fan had used language associated with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.

Zverev, seeded No. 12, was in the midst of his match against No. 6 seed Jannik Sinner, serving at 2-2 in the fourth set when he pointed out the offending fan to chair umpire James Keothavong. Zverev claimed that the fan had used the “most famous Hitler phrase there is in this world” and deemed it unacceptable.

Upon Zverev’s complaint, Keothavong turned to the fan, requesting identification, and asked all fans to maintain respect for both players. Shortly thereafter, during the changeover, fellow spectators helped identify the disruptive fan, and security promptly removed him from the venue.

United States Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier confirmed the incident, stating, “A disparaging remark was directed toward Alexander Zverev. The fan was identified and escorted from the stadium.”

Zverev, reflecting on the incident after the match, noted that he had encountered derogatory comments from fans before but never involving Hitler. He explained, “He started singing the anthem of Hitler that was back in the day. It was ‘Deutschland über alles,’ and it was a bit too much. I think he was getting involved in the match for a long time, though. I don’t mind it. I love when fans are loud. I love when fans are emotional. But I think me being German and not really proud of that history, it’s not really a great thing to do, and I think him sitting in one of the front rows, I think a lot of people heard it. So if I just don’t react, I think it’s bad from my side.”

Despite the unsettling incident, Zverev went on to win the match, eventually prevailing over Sinner in a grueling 4-hour, 41-minute battle with a scoreline of 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. His victory earned him a place in the quarterfinals of the US Open, where he is set to face defending champion Carlos Alcaraz.

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