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US Open Warns Players About Using Twitter

The United States Open tennis championships, which is set to begin tomorrow, 31 August 2009, has warned players, coaches, agents, tournament staff and family members not to tweet while on the court and not to post

“information about the likely participation or likely performance of a player in an event or concerning the weather, court conditions, status, outcome or any other aspect of an event which is known by a Covered Person and is not information in the public domain”

even when they are off the court. The Tennis Integrity Unit has posted signs in the players’ lounge, locker rooms and the referee’s office as a reminder of these rules. These bans are being put in place because of fears of how tweeting could effect gambling, reports Yahoo! Sports.

One player, Andy Roddick, has called the Unit’s attempt to regulate Twitter use as “lame” and he wonders if it has any authority to tell players what to tweet about when they are off the court.

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