Tennis twits beware

Big Brother could be watching you

In their continuing quest to "prevent corrupting influences from online gambling" US Open tennis authorities this week warned players against the use of the social networking site Twitter whilst on the court.

The New York Times reported that officials have banned tweeting, the use of Twitter, on the courts and have advised tennis industry participants that tweeting can be a violation of rules against corruption and online gambling.

The newspaper reports that security officials have gone so far as to post signs as "Twitter warnings" in a drive to ensure that players, coaches, and officials understand the rules and tennis policies regarding information about matches and player conditions.

The warnings apparently extend to any communication of sensitive or insider information that has not been made publicly and officially available, such as the circumstances and health of players, court conditions, and even current local weather conditions may be treated as a violation of the strict anti-corruption policies.

A number of tennis betting scandals around the world lie behind the drive by the Tennis Integrity Unit, whose purpose is to shield the industry from corruption and gambling influences.

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