Wimbledon relaxes mobile phone rule but sticks on 2pm men's final

GETTYSir Bobby Charlton attended Day Six at Wimbledon Tennis Championships

GETTYSir Bobby Charlton attended Day Six at Wimbledon Tennis Championships

The Gentlemen's Singles final at Wimbledon will coincidentally be taking place on the same day as the FIFA World Cup final in Russian Federation, and the stance from the upper echelons at the All England Club is that the Men's final will commence 2 pm United Kingdom time-the traditional start time-and will not in any way be impacted by the football event (the FIFA World Cup Final start time is 4pm United Kingdom time), even if the England National Football team reaches the World Cup final.

Should England defeat Croatia in Wednesday's semi-final then the national team will feature in a World Cup final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1966.

Wimbledon officials are refusing to show any games from the World Cup on the All England Club's big screen, Reuters report, despite clashes between the championship's matches and England's games in Russian Federation. Only two Men's finals in the last 20 years have lasted less than one hour and 50 minutes.

Those who stuck around appeared more interested in following the action from Russian Federation via electronic devices instead of watching the tennis take place in front of them.

When asked if he was anxious about Sunday's World Cup final in Russian Federation clashing with the Wimbledon men's singles final, Roger Federer couldn't help but laugh.

Speaking to a group of reporters Monday morning, Richard Lewis, the club's chief executive, indicated that the prohibition would not be strictly enforced given interest in the World Cup - provided the use of the devices didn't interfere with others.

"Well, it's going to happen anyway, if I'm going in the final or not, the Wimbledon final will take place, and so will the World Cup final", Federer said in a seemingly tongue-in-cheek response.

The Centre Court showpiece is now slated for 2pm GMT on Sunday, meaning it would be highly likely to clash with the World Cup final, kicking off at 4pm.

Wimbledon's courts emptied as England faced Sweden and fans watched from smart phones or tablets.

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

With England still in contention to reach the final in Moscow, it has been suggested the football tournament could prove a significant distraction as fans at Wimbledon try to keep up with events in the Russian capital.

England have progressed to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

"Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships".

"That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here".

"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".

Lewis is quoted in the Guardian saying: "People get Wimbledon, and we get the balance right".

Wimbledon's big screen hasn't shown any England games since Euro 1996.

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