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Andy Roddick Lambasts US Open Over Twitter Clamp-Down


As is the case with many other sports, tennis is struggling to get hold of Twitter, the microblogging phenom, and understand just how to regulate it. At this year's U.S. Open, it appears the tweets have hit the fan. Andy Roddick, for one, isn't too happy about it, either.

According to the Associated Press, Roddick has been using Twitter to publicly voice his displeasure over a number of signs that have been hanging around the U.S. Open facilities, notifying players that tweeting certain information could violate anti-corruption rules. "However popular [Twitter] is," the Tennis Integrity Unit's notifications read, "it is important to warn you of some of the dangers posed by Twittering as it relates to the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program Rules." Roddick, doing his best John McEnroe, gave a 140-character-or-less middle finger to the whole business: "i think its 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," he tweeted.




Tennis officials say the rule is meant to protect the sport against gambling. Twitter allows the immediate exchange of information, which makes officials worry that tweets about things such as weather, court conditions, or player injuries could provide "inside information" that could be used by gamblers. Roddick quickly shot down this idea, too, tweeting, "you would seriously have to be a moron to send 'inside info' through a tweet."

Who will win this war of the tweets? As of now, it looks as though the International Tennis Foundation's Tennis Integrity Unit has the upper hand, since they make the rules, according to PaidContent. However, the people, we think, should pull for Roddick to freely tweet -- just as long as it doesn't get in the way of that powerful serve. [From: AP/The Sydney Morning Herald and PaidContent]
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