Wimbledon won’t budge on FIFA World Cup 2018 final clash

Spectators watch the TV screen on Henman Hill at Wimbledon

Wimbledon organisers say football will not be shown on the big TV screen on'Henman Hill

The World Cup showpiece will take place on Sunday at 18:00 (local time), which is 16:00 BST, meaning it is likely to kick off during the men's grass-court final, which eight-time champion Federer is a heavy favourite to be a part of.

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.

Lewis added that tennis fans are welcome to follow the football final online with their preferred devices, but they must do so in a respectable manner. Wimbledon rules state that mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices "must be switched off in and around the courts in play".

But after Centre Court was left two-thirds empty during England's quarter-final match against Sweden last week, the ban has been negotiated and lifted.

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.

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He also told BBC Sport that Wimbledon's big TV screen on "Henman Hill" was reserved for tennis.

England play Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday after the victor of France and Belgium has been decided Tuesday.

"Saturday [when England played in the quarter final] was a fantastic day at the championships".

"You can tell when England scored and it was wonderful but we didn´t receive any complaints that the enjoyment of tennis had been spoiled".

Some 44 per cent of United Kingdom said they won't be watching the Men's Final at all on the Sunday due to Andy Murray's absence from this year's competition. "We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football, enjoy it, without disturbing other people", said Lewis. "They'll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30", the Swiss said with a smile.

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