TV viewers prioritising World Cup over Wimbledon

Judy Cobb
July 12, 2018

There is the tantalising prospect of England reaching the final of a World Cup for the first time since 1966 - although they must first get through a tough semi-final clash with Croatia on Wednesday night - and the potential presence of the Three Lions in Sunday's match could have an adverse effect on Wimbledon viewing figures.

Defending champion Roger Federer, who is more than likely to be playing in Sunday´s final, joked that maybe the World Cup final should move to accommodate the Wimbledon title match.

With England still in contention to reach the final in Moscow, it has been suggested the football tournament could prove a significant distraction as fans at Wimbledon try to keep up with events in the Russian capital.

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. [Football fans] will hear every point, 'Wow, 0-15, 15-30.' The players are going to look up to the...

Centre Court was only a third full on Saturday when droves of fans left the arena to watch England's victory over Sweden.

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.

"Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships".

"People followed the football on their devices thanks to modern technology without disturbing other spectators".

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Wimbledon, the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, is here.

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

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

"I have met Gareth Southgate, he´s a great guy. I have known Eric since he was a teenager".

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

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

"I think it would be huge if we win". I thought that went really well.

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