Wimbledon won’t budge on FIFA World Cup 2018 final clash

12 July, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Spectators watch the TV screen on Henman Hill at Wimbledon

Lewis also insisted that there were no plans to show either Wednesday´s semi-final or Sunday´s final at the World Cup on Wimbledon´s giant TV screen attached to one of the sides of Court One.

Officials at the All-England lawn tennis Club aka Wimbledon have confirmed that they won't be rescheduling next Sunday's men's singles final even though it'll likely be overlapped by the World Cup final.

France will face Belgium in the first semifinal Tuesday at 7 p.m. locally; England take on Croatia in the other semifinal Wednesday at 7 p.m. Every match day through the final July 15.

Speaking to a group of reporters Monday morning, Richard Lewis, the club's chief executive, indicated that the prohibition would not be strictly enforced given interest in the World Cup - provided the use of the devices didn't interfere with others.

Fans will, however, be able to follow the action in Russian Federation on their phones and tablets using the tournament's wifi signal.

The organisers of Wimbledon are standing firm, though, as it has been revealed that the men's singles final will still go ahead at its traditional time of 2.00pm.

Federer, who cruised through to the quarter-final of the men's competition on Monday, said he was not anxious about the football disrupting Sunday's final.

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'It is not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something special happens in a football tournament, ' he said.

Centre Court was only a third full on Saturday when droves of fans left the arena to watch England's victory over Sweden.

Many spectators opted to leave the grounds and watch the match at neighbouring pubs, leaving Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka to start off their third round match in front of thousands of empty green seats.

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"I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored".

Strict rules that ban electronic devices from being switched on so as not to distract tennis players have been waived in the possibility Gareth Southgate's Three Lions squad will be in the final next week - a historic match that could clash with the men's Wimbledon final.

Lewis said he had not asked Fifa, football's world governing body, at any stage to consider moving the World Cup final to a different time.

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