Each day during the BB&T Atlanta Open and at various other times throughout the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series, I’ll be featuring a tennis player competing in the series talking about the gadgets and technology they own and travel the world with. In the world of technology, users who rely on technology for everything they do are called “Power Users.” For tennis, I’m going to call them “Power Players.” Technology plays a vital role in all our lives, and tennis players use the latest technology on and off the court in many different capacities.
Friday’s Power Player is Andy Roddick
“We have technology of cameras at every single angle. Let’s take the human element out. Umpires get nervous just like we do. So, if it’s there, why not use it? Plus it would be fun. Can you imagine if you had a flag in your bag that you could throw for an instant replay once or twice a set? It would add a whole ‘nother element of excitement to it.”
–Andy Roddick (Before Hawk-Eye was adopted at most events)
Obviously former world No. 1 Andy Roddick is a fan of technology. he’s one of the players that was in favor of getting calls “right” and implementing Hawk-Eye at tournaments.
He also has almost one million followers on Twitter and Andy Roddick isn’t afraid to talk to them.
Roddick talks about sports, sends jabs out at fellow players and has fun with his legions of fans on Twitter.
But for Roddick and other athletes with scores of followers, they have a powerful platform in social media websites like Twitter and Facebook.
“Well Twitter, it certainly has changed the dynamic of a lot of things,” admitted Roddick. “Now when you sign up for tournaments instead of the tournament director giving you a long list of things they want you to do, (they say) let’s tweet to a million people about the tournament.”
Roddick promises that if you follow him on Twitter he won’t make it all about his work.
I don’t want to be the guy that talks about tennis all the time as telling you stories of the match I just played,” added Roddick who is making his second appearance in this hardcourt event. “I keep it a little more middle of the road.”
He’s already won one event in 2012, and he’s shooting for another one here in Atlanta.
He next plays fellow American, Michael Russell on Stadium Court at 7pm on Friday night. This will be a huge event for the city of Atlanta and will be a place to be secene. Head on over to www.bbtatlantaopen.com for all the details.