Wimbledon Keeps a Stiff Upper Lip as Football Fever Grips England

Sheri Evans
July 12, 2018

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

Some 44 per cent of United Kingdom said they won't be watching the Men's Final at all on the Sunday due to Andy Murray's absence from this year's competition.

"Well, it's going to happen anyway, if I'm going in the final or not, the Wimbledon final will take place, and so will the World Cup final", Federer said in a seemingly tongue-in-cheek response.

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.

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.

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

There has been one significant change to rules at Wimbledon as mobile phones and devices will be allowed, thus opening up the possibility of spectators being able to watch the World Cup final on their electronic devices.

The organisers of Wimbledon are standing firm, though, as it has been revealed that the men's singles final will still go ahead at its traditional time of 2.00pm.

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The All England Club CEO Richard Lewis is confident that everything will go well.

However, Lewis said he would have no objection if numerous 15,000 fans inside Centre Court wanted to follow the football on their devices - as long as they did not disturb the players. "We are a tennis tournament but we are aware that there is something special going on elsewhere".

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.

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

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon".

"I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored.it was wonderful".

"We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest", he said. [Football fans] will hear every point, 'Wow, 0-15, 15-30.' The players are going to look up to the...

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