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Wimbledon relaxes cellphone ban ahead of World Cup semifinal

12 July 2018

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.

They claim that they've got brilliant Wifi and that all spectators are entitled to privately and quietly watch the World Cup final on their phones but that they will not be changing the start time of 2pm.

According to GlobalWebIndex, just under a fifth of Sports Fans say they use social media to watch or follow sports events.

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

Lewis also confirmed that the big screen at Wimbledon is reserved for tennis, the BBC reports.

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

But Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis stuck to his view that spectators coming to the grasscourt championships expect to see tennis and said that big-screen policy will remain in place to limit the disruption caused to players.

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Wimbledon is standing firm, however, on its decision not to change the start time of Sunday's men's final to avoid a conflict with the World Cup final, even if England makes it that far, Lewis reiterated.

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

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".

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".

But Wimbledon organizers are keeping a stiff upper lip, refusing to show any football on the tournament's big screen, in an attempt to reign in any ungentlemanly behavior.

"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", he said.

Wimbledon relaxes cellphone ban ahead of World Cup semifinal