Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

With World Cup conflict looming, Wimbledon loosens mobile phone restrictions

With World Cup conflict looming, Wimbledon loosens mobile phone restrictions

Moreover, Lewis said the All England Club would not erect TV screens on the grounds so ticket holders could watch the World Cup, nor will they use the existing oversize screen on Henman Hill behind Court No. 1 for any objective other than tennis.

The All England Club's chief executive Richard Lewis is clearly a bit anxious about his precious mounds and seats and strawberry concession stands being deserted on Wednesday for the semi-final and potentially as dead as a suburban high street on Sunday should England's young and suddenly decent players make the final, so has yielded to modernity.

With a smile on his face, he told a post-match press conference: "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on".

The final will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Fans attending Wimbledon can follow the World Cup via their phones or tablets using the tournament's WiFi but matches have not been shown on the big screen since England's semi-final against Germany at Euro 1996.

The World Cup showpiece will take place on Sunday at 18:00 (local time), which is 16:00 BST, meaning it is likely to kick off during the men's grass-court final, which eight-time champion Federer is a heavy favourite to be a part of.

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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.

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".

There were several people keeping up with action on their phones, with one woman kitted out in England attire watching on a bench while waiting for Martina Navratilova to play her women's invitational doubles match on Court Three.

That game was broadcast on the big screen at the Wimbledon grounds. We didn't receive one 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.

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

"They'll hear every point, Wow, love-15, 15-30". The players [at the World Cup] are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon!

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