Crowd Controversy at US Open: Fan Ejected for Inappropriate Remark During Zverev-Sinner Match

Crowd Controversy at US Open: Fan Ejected for Inappropriate Remark During Zverev-Sinner Match
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during an early Tuesday morning match involving German player Alexander Zverev. Zverev, seeded No. 12, was competing against No. 6 Jannik Sinner when he noticed that a spectator in the stands was using language associated with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.

At a crucial point in the match, with the score tied at 2-2 in the fourth set, Zverev brought this matter to the attention of chair umpire James Keothavong. He pointed towards the fan seated behind the umpire and expressed his concern about the inappropriate language being used. Zverev stated, “He just said the most famous Hitler phrase there is in this world. It’s not acceptable.”

Upon Zverev’s complaint, Keothavong promptly addressed the situation, asking the fan to identify himself and urging all spectators to maintain respect for the players. Shortly after the changeover, nearby fans helped identify the individual, who was subsequently removed from the stadium by security.

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 later commented on the incident, expressing that while he appreciates passionate and vocal fans, derogatory comments involving Hitler’s history are unacceptable. He mentioned that he’s encountered unruly fans before but never encountered such an offensive remark. Zverev continued by explaining that the fan had been actively involved in the match, sitting in the front rows where many people could hear the remark.

Despite the distraction, Zverev managed to win the fifth set and the match, with a final score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, in a marathon contest lasting 4 hours and 41 minutes. He is set to face defending US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals.

Zverev concluded by downplaying the incident, stating, “It’s his loss, to be honest, to not witness the final two sets of that match.”

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