Wimbledon wont budge on World Cup final clash, happy with phone viewing

Novak Djokovic is hoping to see a full court for the men’s final but the lure of football may be too much to resist

Novak Djokovic is hoping to see a full court for the men’s final but the lure of football may be too much to resistREUTERS;PA

An ever bigger clash awaits if England reach their first final since winning the World Cup in 1966 because the men's Wimbledon final would likely overlap with the decider in Moscow.

'It is not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something special happens in a football tournament, ' he said.

Last Saturday, fans deserted Centre Court immediately after Rafael Nadal booked his place in the second week of the championships as England were playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals. Four thousand spectators fled in search of pubs, while others huddled around screens within the grounds.

The men's singles final, scheduled to begin at the traditional time of 2pm on Sunday, will not be moved to avoid a clash with the climax of the football tournament, organisers have confirmed.

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Those who stuck around seemed to be more interested in following the action in Russian Federation on their electronic devices than watching the tennis match taking place in front of them.

There were several people keeping up with action on their phones, with one woman kitted out in England attire watching on a bench while waiting for Martina Navratilova to play her women's invitational doubles match on Court Three.

"We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest", he said.

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

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

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

Defending champion Roger Federer, who has his sights set on Sunday's final, joked that it was the World Cup organisers who should be anxious about the two sporting events overlapping.

"We are very excited about England's success in the World Cup". "They'll hear every point, wow, love-15, 15-30", he said.

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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.

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