Wimbledon won't budge on FIFA World Cup football final clash

Kyle Edmund playing Bradley Klahn at Wimbledon Thursday. He went on to lose to Novak Djokovic two days later

Kyle Edmund playing Bradley Klahn at Wimbledon Thursday. He went on to lose to Novak Djokovic two days later. Credit Heathcliff O'Malley

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.

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).

The All England Club has come under increasing pressure to rethink its 2pm (1300GMT) start time for Sunday´s men´s singles final with the football showpiece in Moscow kicking off at 4pm in the United Kingdom (1500GMT).

"It is purely our decision to stay at 2pm".

Yorkshire County Cricket Club has rearranged its Vitality Blast T20 fixture against Derbyshire, which was scheduled to clash with England's semifinal match against Croatia.

Mr Lewis, who described it as "one of the special days at the Championships", said: "We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football and enjoy it, without disturbing other people".

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

Defending champion Roger Federer, who has his sights set on Sunday's final, joked that it was the World Cup organisers who should be anxious about the two sporting events overlapping.

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Moreover, Lewis said the All England Club would not erect TV screens on the grounds so ticket holders could watch the World Cup, nor will they use the existing oversize screen on Henman Hill behind Court No. 1 for any goal other than tennis.

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

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

Lewis has become exasperated by stories that the AEC has been indifferent to the national wave of affection which has engulfed Southgate's football team.

"That indicates that we are supportive of the World Cup and that we are not turning down the signal strength! I have known Eric since he was a teenager".

Federer, who cruised through to the quarter-final of the men's competition on Monday, said he was not anxious about the football disrupting Sunday's final.

"I think it would be huge if we win". "And I thought that went really well".

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