Wimbledon Men's Final Not Moving If England Reach World Cup Showpiece

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Wimbledon Men's Final Not Moving If England Reach World Cup Showpiece

And though the tennis starts at 2pm, and the football kicks off at 4pm United Kingdom time, there is the possibility that the tennis could spill over into football time if it goes the distance, something that's certainly possible with Roger Federer still on course to possibly meet Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the final.

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.

The clash of timings has been felt nowhere more so than in England, with Gareth Southgate's men now so close to reaching their first final since 1966.

However, Lewis said he would have no objection if numerous 15,000 fans inside Centre Court wanted to follow the football on their devices - as long as they did not disturb the players.

We'll see what happens if England beat Croatia tomorrow night in Moscow - one would suspect more pressure will be placed on Wimbledon to set their start time at 1pm rather than 2pm.

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.

Club rules that all mobile phones and tablets should be switched off "in and around the courts of play" have been relaxed, however, with Lewis stating that they would only be enforced if they affected others.

Lewis also confirmed that the big screen at Wimbledon is reserved for tennis, the BBC reports.

Asked yesterday if he had concerns about noise from the Centre Court crowd, Federer light-heartedly replied: "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on".

Wimbledon's big screen hasn't shown any England games since Euro 1996.

Mr Lewis, who described it as "one of the special days at the Championships", said: "We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football and enjoy it, without disturbing other people".

"I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored". [Football fans] will hear every point, 'Wow, 0-15, 15-30.' The players are going to look up to the...