Wimbledon not moving if football does "come home"

Ruben Fields
July 12, 2018

According to the BBC (and even commentators during the matches yesterday), the Wimbledon committee say that the gentlemen's singles final will commence at 2pm, as it does every year, regardless of the possibility that England may be in the World Cup final which starts next Sunday at 4pm.

"It will stay this year, it will stay next year", said All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis.

Two men's quarter-finals were still in progress on the main show courts as the Three Lions took on Croatia in their Moscow semi-final.

Last Saturday, fans deserted Centre Court immediately after Rafael Nadal booked his place in the second week of the championships as England were playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals. It'll be very interesting to see come Thursday morning if England win tomorrow night! "We have free public Wi-Fi in many areas, so if people want to watch quietly on their phone or tablet they are able to do so".

"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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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 a historic final.

Wimbledon chiefs insisted again on Monday that the men's final will start at its traditional time despite it clashing with a potential England World Cup triumph.

He also told BBC Sport that Wimbledon's big TV screen on "Henman Hill" was reserved for tennis.

But Wimbledon organizers are keeping a stiff upper lip, refusing to show any football on the tournament's big screen, in an attempt to reign in any ungentlemanly behavior.

"We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football and enjoy it, without disturbing other people", he told the paper. The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon.

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