Wimbledon has made its decision regarding World Cup final clash

Wimbledon has made its decision regarding World Cup final clash

Wimbledon has made its decision regarding World Cup final clash

In a concession to the World Cup mania that's sweeping England now that its national team has reached the semifinals for the first time in 28 years, Wimbledon is loosening its ban on the use of mobile phones in the stands.

He also told BBC Sport that Wimbledon's big TV screen on "Henman Hill" was reserved for tennis.

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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.

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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. The rules of entry to the grounds of SW19 had previously stated that devices "must be switched off in and around the courts of play", although the rules appear to have been relaxed with England on the verge of reaching an historic final.

He said: "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 men's final is scheduled to take place at 2pm on Sunday while the World Cup final starts two hours later at 4pm.

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"Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships".

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon".

However, he did offer a way that fans would be able to watch the game if they wanted to; albeit not quite with the same communal atmosphere as a big screen showing.

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

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