Wimbledon men’s final won’t move if England make the World Cup final

Kristopher Nichols
July 12, 2018

Roger Federer suggested a clash between the World Cup final and the Wimbledon men's singles final may be more of a concern for those in Russian Federation rather than competitors at SW19.

In preparation for the game, Wimbledon bosses have wrapped a condition that bans phones and tablets so that tennis and football fans can stay on top of both sports at the same time, The Times reports.

"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.

The authorities at the tennis tournament have said that it will be OK to activate your phone and watch the football while in the grounds of Wimbledon, as long as you can manage to not stand up and go "F*CKING SQUARE IT DELLE JESUS CHRIST MAN ON" while someone's serving at 30-40 down.

The All England Club was asked to rethink its 2 pm (6.30 pm IST) start time for Sunday's men's singles final as the football showdown Moscow will be kicking off at 4pm in the United Kingdom (8.30 pm IST).

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.

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"That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here. The tennis was very good and there as an historic football match going on", added Lewis. He added: "People get Wimbledon and we get the balance right".

How, and why, are we meant to juggle two of the biggest sporting events that are on the same afternoon?!

"I have met Gareth Southgate, he´s a great guy. I have known Eric since he was a teenager".

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

Meanwhile, Croatia´s Donna Vekic, who was knocked out of Wimbledon by Julia Goerges of Germany in the fourth round on Monday, said she will be sending "good vibes" to her country´s football team in Russian Federation. "We are a country of four million people", said the 22-year-old.

"And I thought that went really well".

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