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

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

Novak Djokovic is hoping to see a full court for the men’s final but the lure of football may be too much to resistREUTERS;PA

The timing of the World Cup final on Sunday afternoon is causing consternation around the country as various sports, both professional and amateur, contemplate whether to reschedule their events.

If the team wins, it will play in the World Cup final on Sunday, which starts while Wimbledon's men's final is taking place.

Those who stuck around seemed to be more interested in following the action in Russian Federation on their electronic devices than watching the tennis match taking place in front of them.

Defending champion Roger Federer, who has his sights set on Sunday's final, joked that it was the World Cup organisers who should be anxious about the two sporting events overlapping.

There had been talk of the World Cup final being shown on the big screen on Henman Hill at Wimbledon, but that has been ruled out.

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.

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.

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.

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We'll see what happens if England beat Croatia tomorrow night in Moscow - one would suspect more pressure will be placed on Wimbledon to set their start time at 1pm rather than 2pm.

"Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships".

Said Lewis: "We want people to be able to enjoy in this modern era the fact that this is a tennis event but that there is something else very special going on".

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

Asked yesterday if he had concerns about noise from the Centre Court crowd, Federer light-heartedly replied: "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on".

"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".

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