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Wimbledon won’t budge on FIFA World Cup 2018 final clash

Wimbledon won’t budge on FIFA World Cup 2018 final clash”

There had been talk of the World Cup final being shown on the big screen on Henman Hill at Wimbledon but that has been ruled out.

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.

The All England Club's chief executive Richard Lewis is clearly a bit anxious about his precious mounds and seats and strawberry concession stands being deserted on Wednesday for the semi-final and potentially as dead as a suburban high street on Sunday should England's young and suddenly decent players make the final, so has yielded to modernity.

France booked a placed in the final on Tuesday after pipping Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final clash.

In a concession to the World Cup mania that's sweeping England now that its national team has reached the semifinals for the first time in 28 years, Wimbledon is loosening its ban on the use of mobile phones in the stands.

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

The World Cup final in Russian Federation is due to kick off on July 15 two hours after the traditional 2 p.m. start of the men's Wimbledon final-meaning a very likely overlap.

"Our attitude is that if people aren't affecting other people's enjoyment of the tennis, if they have it on silent or are listening on an earphone, then that is fine", Lewis said, according to The (London) Guardian.

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

"The (football) players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon".

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

However, he did offer a way that fans would be able to watch the game if they wanted to; albeit not quite with the same communal atmosphere as a big screen showing. "They'll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30", the Swiss said with a smile.



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