Wimbledon wont budge on World Cup final clash

Kyle Edmund playing Bradley Klahn at Wimbledon Thursday. He went on to lose to Novak Djokovic two days later

Kyle Edmund playing Bradley Klahn at Wimbledon Thursday. He went on to lose to Novak Djokovic two days later

Roger Federer has played down the prospect of a clash between the Wimbledon and World Cup finals by joking that football fans in Moscow will be distracted by the tennis.

The All England Tennis Club Boss did sate the final would take place at the said as its done every year despite the fact that England who are now hosting the tennis event stand a chance of making the World Cup final.

However, Lewis said he would have no objection if numerous 15,000 fans inside Centre Court wanted to follow the football on their devices - as long as they did not disturb the players.

Last Saturday, fans deserted Centre Court immediately after Rafael Nadal booked his place in the second week of the championships as England were playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals.

"For many years now we've had people using iPhones, or phones, mobile phones, tablets".

The rules of entry to the grounds of SW19 state that devices "must be switched off in and around the courts of play", but this appears to have been relaxed for this year only.

There is the tantalising prospect of England reaching the final of a World Cup for the first time since 1966 - although they must first get through a tough semi-final clash with Croatia on Wednesday night - and the potential presence of the Three Lions in Sunday's match could have an adverse effect on Wimbledon viewing figures.


He also told the BBC that Wimbledon's big TV screen on "Henman Hill" was reserved for tennis.

Said Lewis: "We want people to be able to enjoy in this modern era the fact that this is a tennis event but that there is something else very special going on".

"I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on".

Wimbledon chiefs once again stuck to their guns, refusing to show the football on the big screen in front of the hill.

I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored and it was lovely, it was wonderful.

"They'll hear every point: 'Wow, love-15, 15-30'". The players [at the World Cup] are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon!

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