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

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

Lewis has also said that Wimbledon will not screen the final, insisting that the television on "Henman Hill" is "reserved for tennis".

Lewis said he had not asked Federation Internationale de Football Association to consider moving the World Cup final to a different time.

England face Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday in Russian Federation (19:00 kick-off), with the victor playing France or Belgium on Sunday (16:00).

Lewis said the tournament had learnt its lesson after showing the 1996 European Championship semi-final between England and Germany, which was decided on penalties, on the big screen.

With a smile on his face, he told a post-match press conference: "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on".

Facing continuing conflicts with England's run through the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon has made a decision to relax its rules about mobile phones.

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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.

"Our attitude is that if people aren't affecting other people's enjoyment of the tennis, if they have it on silent or are listening on an earphone, then that is fine", Richard Lewis, the club's chief executive, told The Guardian.

"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", said Lewis.

Wimbledon rules state phones, tablets and radios must be switched off "in and around the courts in play". I'm sure it'll be the same on Wednesday, a huge amount of interest in the tennis of course because it's a tennis event but great interest in the football.

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. [Football fans] will hear every point, 'Wow, 0-15, 15-30.' The players are going to look up to the...

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