Wimbledon won't 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

Ardent sporting fans all noticed one thing when they looked at their sporting calendars at the start of the summer: the World Cup Final clashes with the Wimbledon men's final.

The Centre Court showpiece is now slated for 2 p.m. GMT on Sunday, meaning it would be highly likely to clash with the World Cup final, kicking off at 4 p.m.

"We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest", Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Tennis Club, told the BBC.

France booked a placed in the final on Tuesday after pipping Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final clash.

"Our attitude is if people aren´t affecting other people´s enjoyment of the tennis because they´ve got it on silent or whatever, or they are listening with an earphone, or whatever, that´s fine", he said.

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.

Switzerland´s Roger Federer returns to France´s Adrian Mannarino in their men´s singles fourth round match at Wimbledon, July 9, 2018.

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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. They'll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30", the Swiss said with a smile.

England's rise through the World Cup tournament has dispelled decades of frustration at past dismal performances.

"That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here".

Wimbledon officials are refusing to show any games from the World Cup on the All England Club's big screen, Reuters report, despite clashes between the championship's matches and England's games in Russian Federation.

Last Saturday, England made the semi-finals with victory over Sweden as action at Wimbledon took place.

"Saturday [when England played in the quarter final] was a fantastic day at the championships. The tennis was very good and there as an historic football match going on", added Lewis.

Said Lewis: "We want people to be able to enjoy in this modern era the fact that this is a tennis event but that there is something else very special going on".

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