Wimbledon men's final not moving if England reach World Cup showpiece

Hope Soto
July 12, 2018

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

Usually, not always, but usually the men's final goes on for 3 to 4 hours - which obviously would see either most if not all of the World Cup final being over by the time the tennis ends.

"We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest", Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Tennis Club, told the BBC.

Roger Federer has played down the prospect of a clash between the Wimbledon and World Cup finals by joking that football fans in Moscow will be distracted by the tennis.

The World Cup showpiece will take place on Sunday at 18:00 (local time), which is 16:00 BST, meaning it is likely to kick off during the men's grass-court final, which eight-time champion Federer is a heavy favourite to be a part of.

England could play the final as they have reached the semi-finals.

Lewis also insisted that there were no plans to show either Wednesday´s semi-final or Sunday´s final at the World Cup on Wimbledon´s giant TV screen attached to one of the sides of Court One.

Football fans! Specifically, football fans whose wives booked very expensive tickets for Wimbledon ages ago and now you sort of have to go.

More news: Rescue operation suspended after 8th boy freed from Thai cave
More news: Bye Bye To The B- IHOP Is Back
More news: Apple Music Just Surpassed Spotify In U.S. Subscribers

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.

He added: "People get Wimbledon and we get the balance right".

In a significant relaxation of its rules, the All England Lawn Tennis Club said spectators could even cheer on Gareth Southgate's team.

"That indicates that we are supportive of the World Cup and that we are not turning down the signal strength!" Jeremy Dier (the father of England star Eric Dier) is a member of the club.

"Good vibes": Croatia's Donna Vekic reacts while playing Julia Goerges.

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.

Ten years ago, Nadal triumphed over his great rival in a five-set epic which ended at 9.16pm (2016GMT).

Asked if he expected more from an opponent in the world's top 30, Federer said: "I think it's a tough matchup for him maybe against me. We are a country of four million people", said the 22-year-old.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER