Players at the US Open have been sent a warning that their messages on Twitter could break rules that ban the revelation of inside information. The Tennis Integrity Unit’s notification read: “However popular [Twitter] is, it is important to warn you of some of the dangers posed by Twittering as it relates to the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program Rules.” Andy Roddick has already tweeted his opinion on the matter.
At Wimbledon this year, it felt like every press conference had at least one Twitter-related question. The press grilled Andy Roddick on his taste in music after his wife revealed on Twitter his love of Rick Astley. Andy Murray was questioned on the forfeits he would Tweet about. And yours truly even asked Serena Williams about tweeting mid-match: “Maybe I’ll send a tweet from my chair when I’m playing,” she replied. “Gosh, I shouldn’t have lost that game! But I think the umpire will probably stop me thinking I’m getting coached. But, you know, I’m really, you know, into that. Mostly because I want my fans to be able to relate to me. You know, actually I love people going to my website ’cause it’s so fun and so interactive. You know, there’s just another way to get the traffic there. So my fans can know exactly what to expect.”
Twitter and tennis work well together because, at the end of the day, it’s an individual sport. Tennis players spend a lot of time sitting around, travelling and generally being alone. Twitter allows them to communicate with their fans without having to go through the media.
From Wimbledon’s point of view we used Twitter extensively at this year’s Championships. When Rafael Nadal told a press conference that he was pulling out of the tournament we tweeted his comments seconds later, we also covered the draw and several matches – including all the semi-finals and finals live on Twitter. You can read some of our favourite Twitter moments here.
Here’s a list of tennis of Twitter – Are there any more accounts that you know of?