Nine Wide World of Sports

Yolanda Curtis
July 12, 2018

Wimbledon officials are refusing to show any games from the World Cup on the All England Club's big screen, Reuters report, despite clashes between the championship's matches and England's games in Russian Federation.

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.

Should England defeat Croatia in Wednesday´s semi-final then the national team will feature in a World Cup final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1966.

Should England make the final on Sunday, it´s possible that the men´s final may not even be over - especially if Federer and Rafael Nadal are involved.

"I´m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on", said the eight-time champion after seeing off France´s Adrian Mannarino in straight sets on Monday.

The final will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

England's rise through the World Cup tournament has dispelled decades of frustration at past dismal performances.

The men's singles final will start at 2 pm (1300 GMT) with the big football final kicking off two hours later, so it is likely there will be a clash. Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, yesterday said modern technology allowed spectators to watch both sports simultaneously without causing widespread disturbance.

"We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest", he said. "We are a tennis tournament but we are aware that there is something special going on elsewhere".

Lewis added that tennis fans are welcome to follow the football final online with their preferred devices, but they must do so in a respectable manner.

Usually, conditions on Wimbledon tickets reads that phones and other electronic devices must be switched off "in and around the courts in play". We didn't receive one single complaint from anyone who was here who felt their enjoyment of the tennis was interrupted and I'm sure it'll be the same next Sunday.

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

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

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