Hey all, I imagine you have all seen the news that some clown posted a death threat for Roger on Baidu.com. I've seen a few fans panicking on Twitter about it so I thought I'd do a quick post.
As a brief summary the guy was hiding behind the username ‘Blue Cat Polytheistic Religion Founder 07' and said “On October 6, I plan to assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination,” He also posted a photoshopped picture of a decapitated Fed.
I think this is just another typical internet troll who's taken things way too far and is nothing to worry about. From what I read on mens tennis forums this guys is well known on Sports forums and it's not the first time he's posted something like this. This time around though he's gone a step further and phrased it as though he plans on taking action.
I think the reason it's kicked off is mainly due to the guy posting it online and it getting picked up in a lot of places. If this was a hand written letter direct to Fed then we wouldn't have even heard about it.
Even though he's posted dumb shit before the fact he used the word assasinate this time puts a bit of a different spin things. If the authorities had to react every time a fan said “I want to kill [insert name here]” then this stuff would be in the news on a daily basis but because he used that term and gave a specific date they've had to take it seriously and up security, which of course has found its way to the mainstream news and caused a bit of a stir.
To be honest it wouldn't surprise me if Roger has received a death threats before, being such a public figure it often comes with the territory and it will no doubt be the same for Djokovic, Nadal and Murray. The same happened to Borg at the US Open in 1981 so it's nothing new. It's just rarely these topics make the media because it's something that the sport world and authorities want to keep quiet so it doesn't get widespread and a.) make people worry or b.) encourage other idiots to start making threats too.
Federer lands in Shanghai as planned
By the looks of it Roger has taken it in his stride and has arrived in Shanghai as planned. I hope what's happened doesn't effect his performance on court as that would be pretty annoying. I guess it won't, we all saw the guy who ran on court in 2009 in the French Open final and tried to put a beret on him and that didn't shake him mentally so hopefully he's only thinking about his own game and nothing else when he steps on court.
Anyway, it's good that the tournament organisers are on the ball and have already upped security just as a precautionary measure. Just a shame for the fans who are in the grounds as Roger's practices are now private and he won't be doing any autographs or getting in close proximity to the public. Pity how one guy can ruin it for everyone but there's no other way round it unfortunately.
As for the guy who made the threat then I also hope they manage to track him down and punish him correctly. (Seems like he covered his tracks fairly well as I thought they already would have) The Chinese way of policing is pretty ruthless so he'll no doubt get a beating and then some jail time. Which is exactly the way it should be.