Organizers apologized for the gaffe but a fuming Petkovic went on to lose the match.
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An American soloist sang an old version of the German anthem which leads off with a stanza considered overtly nationalist – "Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles" – a reference to German supremacy.Organizers apologized for the gaffe but a fuming Petkovic went on to lose to Alison Riske 7-6 (10), 6-2 to put the USA 1-0 up in the first singles rubber.The president of the U.S. Tennis Association, Katrina Adams, immediately apologized to Rittner in person and has said they will investigate.The anthem gaffe cast a cloud over the German camp even before Petkovic's defeat.After taking the first set tiebreaker, Riske roared to a 5-0 lead in the second and fought through a tense spell to seal the victory.
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