Federer confident Tennis can outshine Football

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

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, which will also feature one of France or Belgium, who contest the other last-four tie, kicking off at 4pm.

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

It might be a little embarrassing to see a tennis crowd staring comatose at phones, but apparently it's time for the tennis world to admit other sports exists, with Lewis adding: "It's not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something happens in the football tournament and I am sure everybody will understand if it does".

The rules of entry to the All England Club, which hosts the grass-court classic, state that ticket holders must turn off cellphones and electronic devices when in the stands.

Though the World Cup is likely to draw a bigger TV audience, a lot of us would be disappointed to miss the Wimbledon final.

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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.

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 objective other than tennis.

Ardent sporting fans all noticed one thing when they looked at their sporting calendars at the start of the summer: the World Cup Final clashes with the Wimbledon men's final.

"Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships".

France booked a placed in the final on Tuesday after pipping Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final clash.

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And the 19-year-old was overwhelmed at the thought of helping France reach the final in his first appearance at a World Cup. Fox Sport Asia : "This should be a very intriguing match-up given the depth of talent that these two teams have".


"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".

"And I thought that went really well".

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. I'm sure it'll be the same on Wednesday, a huge amount of interest in the tennis of course because it's a tennis event but great interest in the football.

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

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