Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Wimbledon final to clash with the big showdown in Russian Federation

Wimbledon final to clash with the big showdown in Russian Federation

The concession will enable Wimbledon-going soccer fans to stream the remaining World Cup matches or check on their progress while watching matches, whether via headphones or silenced.

The men's final is scheduled to take place at 2pm on Sunday while the World Cup final starts two hours later at 4pm.

Football fever hasn't bristled the grass courts at Wimbledon despite England reaching the semi-finals of the Fifa World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Gareth Southgate's England have been roared on by fans up and down the country as they defied expectations to set up a semi-final with Croatia - with the match taking place in Moscow on Wednesday.

Fans on the grounds of the All-England Club watch the World Cup quarterfinal between England and Sweden on their cellphones.

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


A national survey of 1,633 internet users by market research company, GlobalWebIndex, reveals 63 per cent of the United Kingdom will be watching the World Cup final on July 15 (presumably even more if England are involved) - in comparison to just 25 per cent who will be watching the Wimbledon Men's Final.

But Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis has refused to change the championship's stance and said attending spectators were expecting to see tennis.

"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.

The rules of entry to the All England Club, which hosts the grass-court classic, state that ticket holders must turn off cellphones and electronic devices when in the stands.

Still, spectators will have to utilize their own resources to watch the match, as the club also declined to show the game on the big screen just outside of one of the stadiums.

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

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