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

12 July, 2018, 08:13 | Author: John Swanson
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The Wimbledon men's singles final will not be moved even if England reach the World Cup final on the same afternoon.

The All England Club's chief executive Richard Lewis is clearly a bit anxious about his precious mounds and seats and strawberry concession stands being deserted on Wednesday for the semi-final and potentially as dead as a suburban high street on Sunday should England's young and suddenly decent players make the final, so has yielded to modernity.

But Wimbledon organizers are keeping a stiff upper lip, refusing to show any football on the tournament's big screen, in an attempt to reign in any ungentlemanly behavior.

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).

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According to respondents, with the two finals coinciding with one another, only 8 per cent of those watching the tennis state they are prepared to stick with the coverage should the match run over into the start of the World Cup final. "The tennis was very good and there as an historic football match going on", added Lewis.

"I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored".

"I am sure the same again will happen on Wednesday - and hopefully on Sunday".

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Mr Lewis added: "If people are not affecting other people's enjoyment of the tennis, which they weren't if they had it on silent or were listening through an earphone or something, then that's fine".

Lewis has become exasperated by stories that the All England Club has been indifferent to the national wave of affection which has engulfed Gareth Southgate´s football team. Jeremy Dier (the father of England star Eric Dier) is a member of the club.

However, the FIFA World Cup final will be set to begin at 3pm on Sunday.

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