Thousands of tennis fans make early Wimbledon getaway on England's big night

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

The All England Club insists the scheduled time for the Wimbledon men's singles final will not change if England reaches the FIFA World Cup final.

"I saw a few pictures the size of Croatia compared to size of Russian Federation, and I think if we are already to be in semi-finals is unbelievable, but if we can make it further, it´s really good, as well".

Tennis fans around the World will have to contend with a huge sporting headache as the 2018 World Cup final will be primed to begin midway into the Wimbledon Final.

"Our attitude is if people aren´t affecting other people´s enjoyment of the tennis because they´ve got it on silent or whatever, or they are listening with an earphone, or whatever, that´s fine", he said.

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

"It's a completely different issue", he said.

However, as the nation gears up to watch England battle Croatia on July 11 for a place in the final, the All England Tennis Club has made a concession: Fans will be able to follow the action on their phones and tablets using the tournament's Wi-Fi signal.

"What will happen next Sunday is Centre Court will be packed for the men's final and I'm sure people will be able to follow the World Cup final", Lewis told reporters on Monday. It didn't happen on Saturday particularly, it didn't disturb people. "They'll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30", the Swiss said with a smile. The same policy will be extended to the final on Sunday. The players [at the World Cup] are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon!

He added: "Maybe you should ask the questions over in Russian Federation, how they're going to feel about Wimbledon being played at the same time".

Football hopes are running at their highest since 1996, when England played (and lost to) Germany in the semi-final of the European Cup.

In the women's draw, Serena Williams - chasing an eighth Wimbledon singles title - triumphed over fellow mother Evgeniya Rodina.

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Olympic medallists Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Ben Ainslie are among those in the Royal Box.

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