Apparently it’s not performance enhancing drugs cocaine, or the myriad of other things that are the source of the true problems of integrity in the pro tennis world, it is TWEETING.
Did you know in 140 characters or less you can help to corrupt an entire sport? That’s the truth according to the TIU (Tennis Integrity Unit, for you squares not in the know), who issued warnings via signs throughout Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on the dangers of tweeting.
Now don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the issue of not tweeting while on court. Although I do think it would be hilarious to watch someone like Jelena Jankovic post a tweet while she’s toweling herself down inbetween points. I do think it’s a non-issue, with all the energy it takes to actually play a match, I don’t think any player will be looking to tweet during the match. I’d say that’s a non-issue.
I don’t know what sort of insider information that players could be tweeting that would really change the nature of the sport. The Davydenko match rigging scandal that had been going on, is likely the catalyst. Although I don’t think anything is safe in this day and age, and I don’t really know what type of information would be so sensitive to hide.
Perhaps if you were betting on a tennis match and you knew that Andy Roddick had mexican last night, perhaps you’d change your bet? Perhaps not.