Wimbledon final will not move despite World Cup clash

Ceria Alfonso
Julio 12, 2018

Defending champion Roger Federer, who is more than likely to be playing in Sunday´s final, joked that maybe the World Cup final should move to accommodate the Wimbledon title match.

The timing of the World Cup final on Sunday afternoon is causing consternation around the country as various sports, both professional and amateur, contemplate whether to reschedule their events.

England will reach the football showpiece if they beat Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday.

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

During England's 2-0 quarter-final victory over Sweden last Saturday (Sunday NZ time), thousands of fans deserted Centre Court and left the Wimbledon grounds to watch Gareth Southgate's team progress to the last four in neighbouring pubs.

"I gather it wasn't very successful because it did interrupt people's enjoyment of the tennis and what we did last Saturday actually did work very well", said Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis.

'What will happen next Sunday is Centre Court will be packed for the men's singles final and I'm sure people will be able to follow the World Cup final, ' Lewis told Independent.

The rules of entry to the grounds of SW19 state that devices "must be switched off in and around the courts of play", but this appears to have been relaxed for this year only.

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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.

Mobile phones and other devices can be used by the crowd, giving spectators the option of watching the World Cup final as well.

"Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships".

"You can tell when England scored and it was wonderful but we didn´t receive any complaints that the enjoyment of tennis had been spoiled".

Still, spectators will have to utilize their own resources to watch the match, as the club also declined to show the game on the big screen just outside of one of the stadiums.

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".

"Hopefully England will get through to the final and it will be one of the very special days at Wimbledon".

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