The Briton took action, asked who the culprit was and removed the man from the Arthur Ashe pitch a few minutes later with binders.
After winning in five sets, Zverev went into more detail about the scene. “The man started singing the national anthem at that time – ‘Germany Above All'” (first verse from Deutschlandlied, editor’s note). That was just too much. I like when the fans are loud, and I like when the fans are emotional. But I guess since I’m German and I’m not really proud of this story, it’s not really a great thing. If I don’t respond, I think it’s bad on my part.”
The audience in the evening sessions at the 23,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium has been criticized recently. Former Australian professional Renai Stubbs wrote shortly after Zverev’s incident that there were fans in the evening training sessions who “were not good”.
“I love the fans but there are some bad characters out there right now,” Stubbs wrote on X (formerly Twitter). “Last night, I was given a drink over my head by a drunk fan who was arguing with a friend. Now do we have someone yelling Hitler insults! Come on guys.”
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