Wimbledon men's final not moving if England reach World Cup showpiece

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.

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

However, Lewis said he would have no objection if numerous 15,000 fans inside Centre Court wanted to follow the football on their devices - as long as they did not disturb the players.

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

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".

Centre Court was only a third full on Saturday when droves of fans left the arena to watch England's victory over Sweden.

The All England Tennis Club Boss did sate the final would take place at the said as its done every year despite the fact that England who are now hosting the tennis event stand a chance of making the World Cup final.

A national survey of 1,633 internet users by market research company, GlobalWebIndex, reveals 63 per cent of the United Kingdom will be watching the World Cup final on July 15 (presumably even more if England are involved) - in comparison to just 25 per cent who will be watching the Wimbledon Men's Final.

Wimbledon chiefs once again stuck to their guns, refusing to show the football on the big screen in front of the hill.

"Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships".

However, the FIFA World Cup final will be set to begin at 3pm on Sunday.

"I gather it wasn't very successful because it did interrupt people's enjoyment of the tennis and what we did last Saturday actually did work very well", Lewis said of Wimbledon's last showing of an England game.

"Hopefully England will get through to the final and it will be one of the very special days at Wimbledon".

Football hopes are running at their highest since 1996, when England played (and lost to) Germany in the semi-final of the European Cup. "They'll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30", the Swiss said with a smile.

  • Latoya Cobb