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Federer receives death threat

2012-10-04 19:57

Shanghai - Shanghai Masters organisers have tightened security around Roger Federer after the top-ranked men's tennis player was targeted by an online death threat, a report said on Thursday.

Extra precautions for Federer, who has arrived in Shanghai with his family, were taken after an unknown blogger said he planned to "assassinate" the player, in a bizarre posting on a popular Chinese website.

"On October 6, I plan to assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination," read the message, posted under the name 'Blue Cat Polytheistic Religion Founder 07' on baidu.com.

The user also posted a doctored image showing a decapitated Federer on his knees on a tennis court, with a masked executioner dressed in black and holding an axe posing next to him.

Police and other government agencies have been contacted to increase security around Federer, an official with the tournament's organising committee told the Shanghai Youth Daily.

"We hope that it was an oral threat only, and the fan won't take substantive action. However, we have to take it seriously," Yang Yibin was quoted as saying.

"We have contacted the local police and we will upgrade the level of security for Roger. Meanwhile, we will also protect other players' security."

Yang gave few details of the extra security, but he said Federer's arrival time was not disclosed to media and that he and his family were ushered through a VIP channel and driven straight to their hotel after flying in to Shanghai.

Attacks on tennis players are rare, but in 1993 Monica Seles was stabbed by a deranged fan during a match in Hamburg.

In the 2009 French Open final, a fan invaded the court and tried to put a beret on Federer, before being tackled by security officials.

AFP

Comments
  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-10-04 20:49

    This is so sad. How on earth is Roger supposed to focus on the tournament now? Presumably he will be knocked out early. This may also lead to his premature retirement. Some idiot is hastening the end of a legend of the sport.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-05 08:17

      I think Roger is a much more tougher sportsman than to simply be pressured into retirement. He always backs himself and got to No.1 even when others doubted. I donth think he will take this too seriously and get on with his job like the true pro that he is

  • boetjan.vandermerwe - 2012-10-04 20:50

    the "fan" who invaded the court and tried to put a beret on federer was jimmy jump tho.. He's the same guy who tried to put a beanie on the trophey at the soccer world cup final. He also ran on the field during the 2007 rugby world cup final and the 2004 euro final if i remember correctly. he's a professional streaker! he even ran on the track of a formula one race once.. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Jump#section_1 anyways, if the same person is able to get onti the field so many times it shows just how easy it really is.

  • delish7564 - 2012-10-04 20:56

    The world has gone mad :(

  • hussein.diedericks - 2012-10-04 21:34

    Wait,wht,huh....this cant be happening......God Save The Great!!!!!!

  • Thabang - 2012-10-04 23:05

    No no dnt tke it seriously this stupit man is jst threatnening I'm sure he was drunk full of wisky in his mind

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