Roger Federer gets death threat as Shanghai Masters increases security . Unknown blogger threatens to assassinate world No1, extra precautions are being taken by tournament organisers
A Chinese state media report has said security for the Shanghai Masters is being tightened after a bizarre online death threat against Roger Federer.
Shanghai’s Youth Daily quoted the tournament official Yang Yibin as saying police were notified about the threat and that security will be increased for Federer for the tournament, which starts this weekend.
The threat, posted last month on a Federer fan site by “Blue Cat Polytheism Founder 07,” read: “On 6 October, I plan to assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination.” It was accompanied by an image showing a decapitated Federer on his knees on a tennis court.
An officer in the internet security office of the Shanghai police said on Friday the threat is being investigated. In a statement, the tournament said it is aware of the threat and has proper security in place.
“We are fully aware of the comments that have been made and we take all such issues seriously,” the statement said. “The Shanghai Masters has security in place for our players and every precaution is taken to make sure players are kept safe and comfortable and allowed to do the job they are here for; to play tennis and provide their fans with the thrill of watching them in action.”