Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Wimbledon wont budge on World Cup final clash

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
Sherri Watson | 12 July, 2018, 04:45

The club has now said spectators will be allowed to watch the World Cup semi-final against Croatia tomorrow while sitting just yards from players competing on court.

"For many years now we've had people using iPhones, or phones, mobile phones, tablets".

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).

Wimbledon's big screen hasn't shown any England games since Euro 1996. But the Wimbledon managers have learned their lesson from that foray into the footballing world. We didn't receive a single complaint from anyone who was here who felt their enjoyment of the tennis was interrupted and I'm sure it'll be the same next Sunday.

"Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships". We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football, enjoy it, without disturbing other people.

I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored and it was lovely, it was wonderful.

Those failures have rankled all the more for the nation's long footballing history, obsession with the game, and venerated world-class football league.

The men's singles final will start at 2 pm (1300 GMT) with the big football final kicking off two hours later, so it is likely there will be a clash.

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.

He continued: "We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest". Broadcast TV remains absolutely central, with digital consumers but consumption habits are slowly changing.

Tennis superstar Roger Federer countered the football fever with a little irony.

It's not all doom and gloom for the wider Wimbledon tournament though; 17 per cent of internet users state they are actually more engaged in the tennis this year as a direct result of the World Cup also taking place.