Wimbledon won't budge on World Cup final clash

Novak Djokovic is hoping to see a full court for the men’s final but the lure of football may be too much to resist

An ever bigger clash awaits if England reach their first final since winning the World Cup in 1966 because the men's Wimbledon final would likely overlap with the decider in Moscow.

The Centre Court showpiece is now slated for 2pm GMT on Sunday, meaning it would be highly likely to clash with the World Cup final, which will also feature one of France or Belgium, who contest the other last-four tie, kicking off at 4pm.

Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis stuck to his view that spectators coming to the grasscourt championships expect to see tennis and said that big-screen policy will remain in place.

Wimbledon's men's final traditionally starts on Sunday at 2pm (UK time) and the World Cup final kicks off two hours later.

Mr Lewis added that players would understand the noise from fans if England scored at tomorrow's game.

They claim that they've got brilliant Wifi and that all spectators are entitled to privately and quietly watch the World Cup final on their phones but that they will not be changing the start time of 2pm.

Football fans! Specifically, football fans whose wives booked very expensive tickets for Wimbledon ages ago and now you sort of have to go.

He acknowledged people were using smartphones on Centre Court on Saturday, adding: "Our attitude is if people aren't affecting other people's enjoyment of the tennis, which they weren't, because they've got it on silent or whatever, or they are listening with an earphone, or whatever, that's fine".




"I am sure the same again will happen on Wednesday - and hopefully on Sunday".

Lewis has become exasperated by stories that the AEC has been indifferent to the national wave of affection which has engulfed Southgate's football team.

"We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest", he said.

"That indicates that we are supportive of the World Cup and that we are not turning down the signal strength!"

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"What will happen next Sunday is Centre Court will be packed for the men's final and I'm sure people will be able to follow the World Cup final", Lewis told reporters on Monday.

Ten years ago, Nadal triumphed over his great rival in a five-set epic which ended at 9.16pm (2016GMT). "We are a country of four million people", said the 22-year-old.

Asked if he expected more from an opponent in the world's top 30, Federer said: "I think it's a tough matchup for him maybe against me".

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