Zeenews Sports Bureau
Shanghai: World no 1 Roger Federer has been a target of online death threat prompting the organisers of the Shanghai Masters to tighten his security.
Federer, along with his family, is in China to take part in the Shanghai Masters.
As per media reports, an unknown blogger posted on a Chinese website revealing his plan to ‘assassinate’ the player under the name ‘Blue Cat Polytheistic Religion Founder 07`.
"On October 6, I plan to assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination," the message read on the website.
The blogger even went on to the extent of posting a doctored image depicting a decapitated Federer on his knees on a tennis court with an executioner dressed in black holding an axe standing next to him.
Taking no chances, police and other security agencies have been contacted to bolster security cover around the Swiss, an an official with the tournament`s organising committee was quoted as saying in a leading Chinese 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," he said.