Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Wimbledon to remain soccer-free zone despite football…

Wimbledon to remain soccer-free zone despite football…

The Wimbledon men's singles final will not be moved even if England reach the World Cup final on the same afternoon.

Those who stuck around appeared more interested in following the action from Russian Federation via electronic devices instead of watching the tennis take place in front of them.

The concession will enable Wimbledon-going soccer fans to stream the remaining World Cup matches or check on their progress while watching matches, whether via headphones or silenced.

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

Speaking to a group of reporters Monday morning, Richard Lewis, the club's chief executive, indicated that the prohibition would not be strictly enforced given interest in the World Cup - provided the use of the devices didn't interfere with others.

Football hopes are running at their highest since 1996, when England played (and lost to) Germany in the semi-final of the European Cup.

"Saturday [when England played in the quarter final] was a fantastic day at the championships".

"I´m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on", said the eight-time champion after seeing off France´s Adrian Mannarino in straight sets on Monday.

Facing continuing conflicts with England's run through the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon has made a decision to relax its rules about mobile phones. We didn't receive a single complaint from anyone who was here who felt their enjoyment of the tennis was interrupted and I'm sure it'll be the same next Sunday.

Having said all of this, if England are 1-0 up at half-time, you can bet your life that if whoever is in charge of the big screen on Henman Hill doesn't change the channel, they'll be subject to a sustained verbal volley of a ferocity which John McEnroe could only dream of.

"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", he told the paper.

"Hopefully England will get through to the final and it will be one of the very special days at Wimbledon". "They'll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30", the Swiss said with a smile. The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon.

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