It 's a bad story this of the one of number one ranking ATP Roger Federer : on a Chinese website, in fact, a few days ago appeared a death threat against the Swiss tennis player. "On October 6, I'm going to assassinate Federer the purpose of exterminating tennis" it ‘s said on the website offending.
So, to avoid risks, the organizers of the 1000 Masters have decided to strengthen security to his person in order to allow him to play the same tournament, which will be held October 7 to 14.
The threat against Federer appeared on Baidu, one of the most popular microblogging platform in China.
From the start, the post appeared to many as a message written by a delirious crazy person, as it is signed as "the founder of the polytheistic religion of the blue 07 cat ".
Perhaps the image that accompanied the message, a picture of Federer behind him with an executioner ready to execute him, has done much to alarm the Chinese organizers, who have chosen to escort the Swiss champion in every movement that will make the metropolis Eastern Europe.
In the press release was issued by leaders of the Master, in fact, states that the plane in which the world number one went to Shanghai without his family and was landed in a secondary airport, in order to grant him adequate security, while training will be strictly confidential, as will take place without an audience. All of these security measures certainly leave a bit of a bad taste in the mouths of fans, as even after the meetings that the Swiss champion will play but he will not remain in the field to sign autographs.
It will be a trip full metal jacket for the Swiss: contacts with the outside world are minimized and interact with him will be impossible.
The hope for his fans is that this is not disturb from the meetings that will be faced, even if we do not believe that all these discomforts can undermine the physical strength and mental health of the Swiss. Certainly he will have to defend his lead in the ATP which has regained during this season, so the Swiss will have many pressures to deal with.
The measures may seem drastic, but it is always better to not take risks, despite the attacks against the tennis players are not really on the agenda, are very rare indeed, but unfortunately those few remain, indelible in the memory of every fan of the sport .
Just think when, in 1993, Monica Seles, who at just 20, she had already begun to climb the world rankings, was stabbed in the field by a madman who declared fan of Steffi Graaf.
It was a match valid for the quarter-finals of Hamburg and Seles was committed against the Bulgarian Magdalena Maleeva. The wound, about an inch and a half deep, no reported damage to the very serious and interested in the back, especially the left shoulder, but caused Seles to a severe psychological shock, causing she to leave tennis for more than two years. The hope is of course that will never be repeated more episodes like that.