The anthem of Moldova Gaffe starts the ATP Cup in Australia
Sydney, January 3 (AFP) The Australian organizers for the new tennis team championship were red-faced on Friday by playing the wrong national anthem for a player from Moldova, a small landlocked country in Eastern Europe.
The embarrassing embarrassment occurred before the first Sydney singles match of the ATP Cup between Alexander Cozbinov of Moldova and Steve Darcis of Belgium.
At the beginning of the game Moldova v Belgium, by mistake, we played the wrong national anthem for Moldova, the ATP admitted.
We are sincerely sorry and we have personally apologized to Team Moldova. Tournament officials told AFP that the Romanian anthem was played instead.
Moldova, bordered by Romania and Ukraine, was one of the last countries to qualify for the inaugural event of the team to be held in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
They are headed by world number 46 Radu Albot, who opened new paths in 2019 by becoming the first winner of his country's ATP Tour title in Delray Beach.
He is accompanied by Cozbinov, classified 818, Egor Matvievici and Dmitrii Baskov in a group that also has Britain, Belgium and Bulgaria. The ATP Cup has 24 nations divided into six groups in all three cities, with eight teams leaving the round-robin to compete in a qualifying round in Sydney until one country stands. (AFP) AT AT