Beloved Swiss tennis magician Roger Federer apparently isn’t so popular in China. Shanghai Masters director Yang Yibin has confirmed reports that Federer was targeted with a death threat.
Baidu user ‘Blue Cat Polytheistic Religion Founder 07’ posted on Thursday, “On October 6, I plan to assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination.” It is unclear whether Blue Cat Polytheistic Religion Founders 01-06 share their compatriot’s dislike of Federer and/or tennis.
Blue Cat 07 also posted a Photoshopped image showing a decapitated Federer on his knees on a tennis court, with a masked axeman next to him.
Shanghai police have been contacted and tournament officials say they have increased Federer’s security.
That someone would target Federer in this way is especially strange considering he is basically the nicest tennis player of the modern game.