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What was the Hitler regime phrase that got fan kicked out of Zverev v Sinner US Open match?

The incident happened at the US Open, during Alexander Zverev’s win over Jannik Sinner.

Flushing Meadows (United States), 05/09/2023.- Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts after winning his fourth round match against Jannik Sinner of Italy at the US Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 04 September 2023. The US Open runs from 28 August through 10 September. (Tenis, Alemania, Italia, Nueva York) EFE/EPA/WILL OLIVER

A fan was ejected from the US Open on Monday after being accused by German tennis player Alexander Zverev of shouting “the most famous Hitler phrase there is in this world”.

The incident happened during Zverev’s win over Jannik Sinner. Zverev, the No. 12 seed, was serving at 2-2 in the fourth set of his match against No. 6 Jannik Sinner when he stopped play and went to chair umpire James Keothavong before pointing toward the fan, who was sitting in a section behind the umpire.

“He just said the most famous Hitler phrase there is in this world,” Zverev, 26, told the umpire of a fan in the stands. “This is unbelievable.”

Keothavong asked the fan to identify himself, and then asked fans to be respectful to both players.

Fan singing Hitler anthem

During the changeover shortly after Zverev held serve, the fan was identified by spectators seated near him, and he was removed by security.

Zverev said after the match that he’s had fans make derogatory comments before, but not involving Hitler.

“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,” Zverev said.

“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.”

Stubbs responds to incident at US Open

Former Australian tennis player Rennae Stubbs came out to say that there were fans at night sessions that were “not good.”

“I love the fans but at this point there are some bad characters,” Stubbs wrote on X shortly after the incident on Monday.

“I had a drink thrown on me last night by a drunk fan who was fighting with her boyfriend. Now we got someone yelling Hitler slurs! Wtf? Come on peeps.”