New York, Sep. 2 (ANI): US Open officials have banned players from sending Twitter messages during the short breaks in their games, saying the "inside information" could help gamblers improve their odds.
The federation has also warned the players to be extremely cautious about Twitter messages they send while they're off the court, The New York Post reports.
"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," read a notice posted around the player areas in the National Tennis Center in Queens. ccording to officials, streaming news on weather and court conditions, injury updates and mental states of players could help illegal gamblers pursue their own rackets.
Andy Roddick, the 2003 winner with 100,000 twitter followers, has a different take on this.
"You would seriously have to be a moron to send 'inside info' through a tweet. It's lame the US Open is trying to regulate our tweeting," he tweeted.
Sports stars are increasingly using social-networking sites to connect with fans, and they usually post personal information only vaguely related to their game o their pages.
Defending US Open champ Serena Williams, who has more than 1 million Twitter followers, recently asked fans to suggest music to get her pumped up before games.
British player Andy Murray's latest postings have been more centered on his fantasy football league than tennis.
"If players want to use Twitter, and like to tell the people, what's going on, what they're up to, they should obviously be allowed to that," Murray recently said.
Even US Open organizers are using social networking to keep their audience on the ball this year, with score updates streamed onto its own Twitter account.
"The best part of it was, I went to the US Open Web site and found a link to my Twitter page," Roddick said after the ban was announced. (ANI)