The tennis community has been very sensitive on the topic of gambling recently, and its attention turned to Twitter, as officials at the ongoing U.S. Open tournament at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., banned tweeting by players during their game breaks and urged caution in using the social-networking site at all times, the New York Post reported.
Notices posted around the player areas read:
Sending certain sensitive information concerning your match or other matches and/or players should be avoided. Depending on the information sent out, this could be determined as the passing of inside information.
The organizers of the U.S. Open aren’t completely anti-Twitter, as the Post pointed out that score updates are being streamed onto the tournament’s own Twitter account.
Andy Roddick, winner of the 2003 U.S. Open, found the restrictions “lame” and, naturally, used Twitter to express those sentiments, The New York Times‘ Straight Sets reported.
Roddick said, in four tweets:
I think its lame the U.S. Open is trying to regulate our tweeting
I understand the on-court issue but not sure they can tell us if we can’t do it on our own time…we’ll see
I definitely respect the rule about inside info and on court, but you would seriously have to be a moron to send ‘inside info’ through a tweet
Not very subtle/smart…come on