Wimbledon relaxes cellphone ban ahead of World Cup semifinal

Wimbledon relaxes cellphone ban ahead of World Cup semifinal

Wimbledon relaxes cellphone ban ahead of World Cup semifinal

An ever bigger clash awaits if England reach their first final since winning the World Cup in 1966 because the men's Wimbledon final would likely overlap with the decider in Moscow.

Usually, not always, but usually the men's final goes on for 3 to 4 hours - which obviously would see either most if not all of the World Cup final being over by the time the tennis ends.

However Richard Lewis, chief executive of AELTC, indicated the conditions of entry would be relaxed as the matches go head-to-head, with use of electronic devices permitted if they do not cause disruption.

Still, spectators will have to utilize their own resources to watch the match, as the club also declined to show the game on the big screen just outside of one of the stadiums.

The men's final starts at 2pm, with the World Cup final at 4pm.

Fans on the grounds of the All-England Club watch the World Cup quarterfinal between England and Sweden on their cellphones.

Mr Lewis added: "If people are not affecting other people's enjoyment of the tennis, which they weren't if they had it on silent or were listening through an earphone or something, then that's fine".


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.

I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored and it was lovely, it was wonderful.

Lewis has become exasperated by stories that the All England Club has been indifferent to the national wave of affection which has engulfed Gareth Southgate´s football team. 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.

"That indicates that we are supportive of the World Cup and that we are not turning down the signal strength!" The same policy will be extended to the final on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Croatia´s Donna Vekic, who was knocked out of Wimbledon by Julia Goerges of Germany in the fourth round on Monday, said she will be sending "good vibes" to her country´s football team in Russian Federation.

Asked if he expected more from an opponent in the world's top 30, Federer said: "I think it's a tough matchup for him maybe against me".

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