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Wimbledon wont budge on World Cup final clash

12 July, 2018, 23:20 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • 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

Roger Federer has weighed in on the great Wimbledon-World Cup debate as two of the sporting highlights of the entire year are set to clash on Sunday afternoon.

The 2018 Wimbledon tournament began Monday, July 2, at the All England Club and will take place daily over the following two weeks with an off day July 8.

Though the World Cup is likely to draw a bigger TV audience, a lot of us would be disappointed to miss the Wimbledon final.

Lewis has also said that Wimbledon will not screen the final, insisting that the television on "Henman Hill" is "reserved for tennis".

Viewing figures for England matches in the United Kingdom have soared, with the nation hopeful of a first tournament victory since 1966.

"Saturday was one of the most special days I can remember at the championships".

Wimbledon organisers have confirmed to the BBC that Sunday's men's singles final will not be moved even if England do reach the Fifa World Cup final.

"I gather it wasn't very successful because it did interrupt people's enjoyment of the tennis and what we did last Saturday actually did work very well", added Lewis.

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

He continued: "We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest".

Gareth Southgate's England have been roared on by fans up and down the country as they defied expectations to set up a semi-final with Croatia - with the match taking place in Moscow on Wednesday.

"They'll hear every point, Wow, love-15, 15-30".

The concession will enable Wimbledon-going soccer fans to stream the remaining World Cup matches or check on their progress while watching matches, whether via headphones or silenced.

The All England Club has come under increasing pressure to rethink its 2.00 pm (1300 GMT) start time for Sunday's men's singles final with the football showpiece in Moscow kicking off at 4.00 pm in the United Kingdom (1500 GMT). "There are absolutely no plans to change anything", he added.

"People followed the football on their devices thanks to modern technology without disturbing other spectators".

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