Federer Allegedly Targeted by Online Death Threat

Chinese media report that Roger Federer has been the subject of an online death threat in China. Federer is scheduled to participate in the Shanghai Rolex Masters next week with his family.

“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.


Yang Yibin, a tournament organizer for the Shanghai  said to 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.”

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


A Shanghai Rolex Masters tournament official sent Tennis Panorama News the following statement:

“We are fully aware of the comments that have been made and we take all such issues seriously. 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.”

(Story updated October 5, 2012 1:20 am)