Fan Kicked Out After Allegedly Shouting The 'Most Famous Hitler Phrase' At A German Player
A US Open fan kicked out after allegedly shouting the 'most famous Hitler phrase' at a German player. Early on Tuesday, German tennis player Alexander Zverev accused a spectator of using a quote from Adolf Hitler's Nazi dictatorship, leading to the man's ejection from a tennis match at the U.S. Open in New York City.
Just before 12:15 a.m. ET, Zverev, the No. 12 seed, was serving at 2-2 in the fourth set of his match against Italian player Jannik Sinner, the No. 6 seed, at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Zverev abruptly approached chair umpire James Keothavong and gestured at a spectator who was seated in an area near the court.
The player told the umpire:
He said the most famous Hitler phrase to me. He just said the most famous Hitler phrase there is in this world. It's unacceptable. This is unbelievable.- Alexander Zverev
The umpire quickly went around to question the audience and ask the fan to identify himself.
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The umpire said:
Put your hand up. Who said that? Who said that? Who said that? We are going to get him out.- James Keothavong
Soon after, security personnel were sent to remove the fan, who had evidently been spotted by spectators sat nearby. The audience applauded as security led the man out of the arena.
Keothavong addressed the fans, encouraging them to "remain fair and respect the players." When approached for reaction, a USTA representative informed ABC News, "A fan directed a disparaging remark towards Alexander Zverev." The supporter was recognized and removed from the stadium."
As stated by a USTA representative, no police were engaged. Zverev eventually defeated Sinner in a five-set contest that lasted nearly five hours in sweltering circumstances. In the quarterfinals, he will face No. 1 seed and defending US Open winner Carlos Alcaraz of Spain.
Alexander Zverev (born 20 April 1997) is a professional tennis player from Germany. From July 2017 to November 2022, he was rated as high as world No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and he was consistently placed in the top 10.
Highlights of Zverev's singles career include a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and championships at the 2018 and 2021 ATP Finals. He has 20 ATP Tour singles championships and two doubles wins, and he will compete in a major final at the 2020 US Open.
Zverev was a junior world No. 1 and won a junior major singles championship at the Australian Open in 2014. He also had an early professional tour breakthrough, becoming one of the youngest Challenger Tour title winners in history at the age of 17.
Zverev won two ATP titles as a youngster and defeated then-world No. 3 Roger Federer on grass. At the age of 20, he became the youngest player in the top 20 since Novak Djokovic.
Zverev has been important in Team Europe's early success in the Laver Cup, winning the clinching matches in 2018 and 2019. After posting career-high performances in 2021 and 2022, he had an ankle injury during the French Open and has since recovered.
In July 2023, Zverev received a punishment order pertaining to allegations of causing physical injury to Brenda Patea, his former romantic partner and the mother of his child.