TV viewers prioritising World Cup over Wimbledon

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

Novak Djokovic is hoping to see a full court for the men’s final but the lure of football may be too much to resistREUTERS;PA

Officials at the All-England lawn tennis Club aka Wimbledon have confirmed that they won't be rescheduling next Sunday's men's singles final even though it'll likely be overlapped by the World Cup final.

"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.

However, as the nation gears up to watch England battle Croatia on July 11 for a place in the final, the All England Tennis Club has made a concession: Fans will be able to follow the action on their phones and tablets using the tournament's Wi-Fi signal.

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.

The All-England clubs says that they're delighted the England is into the semi final and hopes they go on to get into the final.

I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored and it was lovely, it was wonderful.

How, and why, are we meant to juggle two of the biggest sporting events that are on the same afternoon?!

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

The All England Club has come under increasing pressure to rethink its 2.00 pm (1300 GMT) start time for Sunday's men's singles final with the football showpiece in Moscow kicking off at 4.00 pm in the United Kingdom (1500 GMT). "There are absolutely no plans to change anything".

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon", he said.

Wimbledon's big screen hasn't shown any England games since Euro 1996. They'll be hearing everything that is going on, every point, going "oh, wow", love-15, 15-30.

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.

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