Roger Federer not concerned about start of World Cup game

Thursday, 12 Jul, 2018

And though the tennis starts at 2pm, and the football kicks off at 4pm United Kingdom time, there is the possibility that the tennis could spill over into football time if it goes the distance, something that's certainly possible with Roger Federer still on course to possibly meet Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the final.

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

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).

Football hopes are running at their highest since 1996, when England played (and lost to) Germany in the semi-final of the European Cup.

Last Saturday, fans deserted Centre Court immediately after Rafael Nadal booked his place in the second week of the championships as England were playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals.

The final will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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

The All England Club CEO Richard Lewis is confident that everything will go well.

On Saturday, a stream of ticket-holders left the tennis club for nearby pubs to watch England's triumphant quarter-final after Wimbledon bosses opted not to show the game on the big screen, while others gathered around iPads and phones on site.

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

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".

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.

"They'll hear every point: 'Wow, love-15, 15-30'".

"People followed the football on their devices thanks to modern technology without disturbing other spectators".