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A Chinese state media report says security for the Shanghai Masters is being tightened after an online death threat against tennis star 1 Roger Federer.
Shanghai's Youth Daily quoted 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 report says the threat, posted last month on a Federer fan site by ''Blue Cat Polytheism Founder 07,'' vowed to assassinate Federer. It was accompanied by a gruesome image of a decapitated Federer.
An officer in the Internet security office of the Shanghai police on Friday said 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 Rolex 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.''
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A threat to "assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination" was posted on an online message board in China in advance of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
The Shanghai Masters have reportedly increased security for Roger Federer in response to a death threat directed at the world No. 1-ranked player.
According to reports out of Shanghai, a user on the popular website Baidu.com threatened to assassinate Federer.
Here are the details of the AFP report:
“On October 6, I plan to assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination...
A Chinese state media report says security for the upcoming Shanghai Masters is being tightened after an online death threat against Roger Federer.
Shanghai's Youth Daily quoted tournament official Yang Yibin as saying police were notified about the threat and that security will be increased for Federer at the tournament, which starts this weekend.
The report says the threat...
Roger Federer is used to getting a lot of attention, but usually not of the scary kind. On a Chinese website, a user who goes by the name of "Blue Cat Polytheistic Religion Founder 07" posted this:
On October 6, I plan to assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination.
The user also apparently posted a doctored image of Federer decapitated on a tennis...
Roger Federer, the world’s number one tennis player, recently received an online death threat prior to a Masters series event in Shanghai, China.
According to various reports, an anonymous poster using the name “Blue Cat Polytheistic Religion Founder 07″ posted the threat on the popular Chinese website, Baidu.com. The posting read:
“On October 6, I plan to assassinate...
By Ian Horne, editor of Shanghai-Masters-Live.com and Live-Tennis
After the US Open, the next major event of the 2012 season will be the Shanghai Rolex Masters. This competition has made its mark as a standout event and the second to last Masters 1000 series tournament on the ATP calendar. Sure, it might not boast the kind of history that many of the European and North American...