Wimbledon Refuses To Bow To World Cup Pressure BUT Phones Will Be Allowed At SW19
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 organisers of Wimbledon are standing their ground though as it has been revealed that the men's singles final will go ahead at the traditional time of 2.00pm (BST), despite the World Cup final taking place a couple of hours later at 4pm (BST).
There is the tantalising prospect of England reaching the final of a World Cup for the first time since 1966 - although they must first get through a tough semi-final clash with Croatia on Wednesday night - and the potential presence of the Three Lions in Sunday's match could have an adverse effect on Wimbledon viewing figures.
There had been talk of the World Cup final being shown on the big screen on Henman Hill at Wimbledon but that has been ruled out.
"We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest," Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Tennis Club, told the BBC. "There are absolutely no plans to change anything."
There has been one significant change to rules at Wimbledon as mobile phones and devices will be allowed, thus opening up the possibility of spectators being able to watch the World Cup final on their electronic devices. The rules of entry to the grounds of SW19 had previously stated that devices "must be switched off in and around the courts of play", although the rules appear to have been relaxed with England on the verge of reaching an historic final.
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