Wimbledon could detract from cup final, jokes Roger Federer

Wimbledon could detract from cup final, jokes Roger Federer

"We are very excited about England's success in the World Cup".

Moreover, Lewis said the All England Club would not erect TV screens on the grounds so ticket holders could watch the World Cup, nor will they use the existing oversize screen on Henman Hill behind Court No. 1 for any goal other than tennis.

After Gareth Southgate's side booked a semi-final tie against Croatia, which will take place in Moscow on Wednesday, calls have grown for Wimbledon to adjust the start time for the men's final.

Those who stuck around seemed to be more interested in following the action in Russian Federation on their electronic devices than watching the tennis match taking place in front of them.

But 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 to limit the disruption caused to players.

The grounds at Wimbledon were sparsely populated as England attempted to reach their first World Cup final since 1966.

Lewis said he had not asked Federation Internationale de Football Association to consider moving the World Cup final to a different time.


Wimbledon's courts emptied as England faced Sweden and fans watched from smart phones or tablets.

'It is not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something special happens in a football tournament, ' he said.

When asked if he was anxious about Sunday's World Cup final in Russian Federation clashing with the Wimbledon men's singles final, Roger Federer couldn't help but laugh.

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.

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

There were several people keeping up with action on their phones, with one woman kitted out in England attire watching on a bench while waiting for Martina Navratilova to play her women's invitational doubles match on Court Three.

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.

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