Tennis Twitter Fuels Fears of Online Gambling Tips

Published Monday, August 31, 2009 -

The International Tennis Federation and the Grand Slam Committee are very concerned that their game may be compromised in the age of information. Twitter has been the latest exercise in the communications craze that has been forging ahead in leaps and bounds around the globe. Twitter enables, those who care, to send quick text messages of limited size to interested others on the web. The idea of sending a Twitter message is sort of like talking in your sleep, does this form of communication really have a value? Well according to officials in the tennis world it could mean plenty to the online punters making wagers on a match.

The passing of insider or sensitive information for the purposes of sports betting directly or indirectly will be construed as active engagement in contravening the USTA's rules.

The Tennis Integrity Unit watch dog organization is on the prowl for violators of the code.

At the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center and the Arthur Ashe Stadium there are bold displays with warnings against using Twitter during matches. Players, helpers, friends and family are banned from leaking any so called inside information about present or future tennis games based on anything other than what is already public knowledge.
Things like player's health, inside interviews, sentiments not publicly expressed and the like are banned from being spread to the global listeners.

Andy Roddick has scoffed at warnings from the anti-gambling watchdogs about Twitter messages. He feels they are a bit over zealous with their concerns about Twitter.''Roddick recently posted on his Twitter site,' I think it's lame the US Open is trying to regulate our tweeting,'' ''I understand the on-court issue but not sure they can tell us if we can/can't do it on our own time.," "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.''

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