Andy Roddick Is Not Happy About U.S. Opening Restricting Twitter

Posted Aug 30, 2009

Andy Roddick wrote on Twitter that he thinks 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’t do it on our own time … we’ll see.”

“i definitely respect the rule about inside info and on court, but u would seriously have to be a moron to send “inside info” through a tweet,” added Roddick.

Why Roddick is upset is because the U.S. Open has warned players and their associates to watch what they post on Twitter. There have been signs placed in locker rooms and player lounges that warns players against using Twitter.

The U.S. Open isn’t the only sports league that has decided to restrict the use of Twitter.  Earlier this month, the National Football League warned players to avoid using Twitter during game times, especially during coaching sessions.

NFL player Chad Ochocinco decided to still tweet during games, but would have fans do it for him by using hand signals.  Ochocinco would fly that fan out during the games.

Jeff Rees was hired in August 2008 to head the Tennis Integrity Unit for the U.S. Open.  The four governing bodies in tennis which include the ATP, the WTA, the Grand Slam Committee, and the International Tennis Federation adopted anti-corruption rules.  These rules were referred to when posting the warning about Twitter.