Wimbledon to remain football-free zone despite World Cup fever

Wimbledon to remain football-free zone despite World Cup fever

Defending champion Roger Federer, who has his sights set on Sunday's final, joked that it was the World Cup organisers who should be anxious about the two sporting events overlapping.

The men's final starts at 2pm, with the World Cup final at 4pm.

Football fever hasn't bristled the grass courts at Wimbledon despite England reaching the semi-finals of the Fifa World Cup for the first time since 1990.

However, as the nation gears up to watch England battle Croatia on July 11 for a place in the final, the All England Tennis Club has made a concession: Fans will be able to follow the action on their phones and tablets using the tournament's Wi-Fi signal. The rules of entry to the grounds of SW19 had previously stated that devices "must be switched off in and around the courts of play", although the rules appear to have been relaxed with England on the verge of reaching an historic final.

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.

"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.

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A national survey of 1,633 internet users by market research company, GlobalWebIndex, reveals 63 per cent of the United Kingdom will be watching the World Cup final on July 15 (presumably even more if England are involved) - in comparison to just 25 per cent who will be watching the Wimbledon Men's Final.

Wimbledon chiefs once again stuck to their guns, refusing to show the football on the big screen in front of the hill.

"Saturday [when England played in the quarter final] was a fantastic day at the championships".

"I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored.it was wonderful". [Football fans] will hear every point, 'Wow, 0-15, 15-30.' The players are going to look up to the...

Said Lewis: "We want people to be able to enjoy in this modern era the fact that this is a tennis event but that there is something else very special going on".

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