The debut of the ATP Cup, the latest in team tennis competitions, was marked by an embarrassing blunder in Sydney, when the Romanian anthem sounded in place of that of Moldova before the first match of the tournament.
The blunder came before the match between Moldovan Alexander Cozbinov and Belgian Steve Darcis. “At the start of the match between Moldova and Belgium, we played the bad anthem for Moldova“, recognized ATP.”We are sincerely sorry and apologized to the Moldovan team.“
Ranked 818th at ATP, Cozbinov gave Darcis (157th) a hard time, which ultimately won 6-4 6-7 7-5. “Passing the wrong hymn doesn’t matter“he told AFP.”Moldova and Romania have the same flag, which probably explains the error. I hope that next time they will spend the good.“The only difference between the two tricolor flags is the presence of coats of arms in the center of the Moldovan banner.
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