Tournament director Yang Yibin confirmed the threat to the Shanghai Youth Daily.
An anonymous poster using the name "Blue Cat Polytheistic Religion Founder 07" posted the threat on the popular Chinese website, Baidu.com.
"On October 6, I plan to assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination," the posting read.
The threat was accompanied by a doctored photo of a axe-wielding executioner standing next to a decapitated Federer.
The posting was taken seriously enough for the tournament to increase security around Federer and other players, but Yang told the newspaper he hopes it "was an oral threat only."
Replies to This Discussion
What, no accompanying evil laughter? No ten-page manifesto detailing how "evil" tennis is and thus needs to be exterminated? I think this guy was hit by too many tennis balls as a kid. And of course, the question that burns in my mind the most: what happened to the first six BCPR founders????
Well, 7 is a lucky number. But he'll need all the luck to avoid arrest. I'd hate to get arrested in China. lol
Exterminate tennis games in Shanghai. Safer and more profit made playing else where. If you notice very few Chinese patronage at tennis games comparing to other countries. Maybe they don't like tennis. Who knows. Players may get the trophies, but the organization does not make money immediately from spectators excluding TV viewers.
Shanghai is the new Roman Coliseum. lol Extermination is a daily happening. lol