10/4/12 9:13 PM | Ricky Dimon
The upcoming Shanghai tournament is off to an inauspicious start, with world No. 1 and top seed Roger Federer having already received a death threat. Security has been tightened as a result.
Roger Federer has arrived for the Shanghai Rolex Masters, but not entirely to the friendly kind of greeting to which the 17-time Grand Slam champion is accustomed.
Federer is the subject of a death threat, made in a blog post on a popular Chinese website. The message, posted by the username "Blue Cat Polytheistic Religion Founder 07," read: "On October 6, I plan to assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination."
A graphic, photo-shopped image was included.
"We hope that it was an oral threat only, and the fan won't take substantive action," said Yang Yibinan, a member of the tournament's organizing committee. "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."
Federer headlines the field at the second to last Masters event of the season along with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Notable absentees include Rafael Nadal (knee), David Ferrer (illness), and Juan Martin Del Potro (wrist).
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