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Wimbledon won't budge on World Cup final clash

Wimbledon won't budge on World Cup final clash

Moreover, Lewis said the All England Club would not erect TV screens on the grounds so ticket holders could watch the World Cup, nor will they use the existing oversize screen on Henman Hill behind Court No. 1 for any goal other than tennis.

The same policy will be extended to the final on Sunday.

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.

Football hopes are running at their highest since 1996, when England played (and lost to) Germany in the semi-final of the European Cup.

Roger Federer saw the amusing side of a possible World Cup-Wimbledon final clash and was more concerned about what effect the tennis could have on the viewing ratings of the football.

The All England Club has come under increasing pressure to rethink its 2pm (1300GMT) start time for Sunday´s men´s singles final with the football showpiece in Moscow kicking off at 4pm in the United Kingdom (1500GMT). The tennis begins at about 2.10pm with the football kicking off at 4pm.




"We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest", Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Tennis Club, told the BBC.

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.

Club rules that all mobile phones and tablets should be switched off "in and around the courts of play" have been relaxed, however, with Lewis stating that they would only be enforced if they affected others.

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

Wimbledon's big screen hasn't shown any England games since Euro 1996.

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon", he said. "They'll hear every point, wow, love-15, 15-30", he said. The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon.