Thousands of tennis fans make early Wimbledon getaway on England's big night

Thousands of tennis fans make early Wimbledon getaway on England's big night

Thousands of tennis fans make early Wimbledon getaway on England's big night

Wimbledon fans on Centre Court will be allowed to use phones and tablets to follow the World Cup final, the head of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has said.

And though the tennis starts at 2pm, and the football kicks off at 4pm United Kingdom time, there is the possibility that the tennis could spill over into football time if it goes the distance, something that's certainly possible with Roger Federer still on course to possibly meet Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the final.

Roger Federer saw the amusing side of a possible World Cup-Wimbledon final clash and was more concerned about what effect the tennis could have on the viewing ratings of the football.

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

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

"Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships".

Wimbledon is the oldest of the tennis majors and takes place at the prestigious All England Club every summer - usually for a two week period from late June to early July.

I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored and it was lovely, it was wonderful. We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football, enjoy it, without disturbing other people.

He added: "People get Wimbledon and we get the balance right".

"We've installed public WiFi, very strong WiFi signal".

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Strict rules that ban electronic devices from being switched on so as not to distract tennis players have been waived in the possibility Gareth Southgate's Three Lions squad will be in the final next week - a historic match that could clash with the men's Wimbledon final.

Ten years ago, Nadal triumphed over his great rival in a five-set epic which ended at 9.16pm (2016GMT).

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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