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Wimbledon won't budge on World Cup final clash

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chiefs insisted again today that the men's final will start at its traditional time despite it clashing with a potential England triumph.

The has come under increasing pressure to rethink its 2pm (1300GMT) start time for Sunday's men's singles final with the showpiece in kicking off at 4pm in the UK (1500GMT).

Should England defeat in Wednesday's semi-final then the national team will feature in a final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1966.

"It is purely our decision to stay at 2pm. It will stay this year, it will stay next year," said

He added that there were no plans to show either Wednesday's semi-final or Sunday's final at on Wimbledon's giant TV screen attached to one of the sides of Court One.

Last Saturday, England made the semi-finals with victory over as action at took place.

"Saturday was one of the most special days I can remember at The was very good and there was an historic match going on," added Lewis.

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

"You can tell when England scored and it was wonderful but we didn't receive any complaints that the enjoyment of had been spoiled."

"I am sure the same again will happen on Wednesday -- and hopefully on Sunday."


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

Lewis has become exasperated by stories that the has been indifferent to the national wave of affection which has engulfed Gareth Southgate's football team.

"We have a very strong public signal and it worked brilliantly on Saturday," he said.

"That indicates that we are supportive of and that we are not turning down the signal strength! "We are a tournament but we are aware that there is something special going on elsewhere."

"I have met Gareth Southgate, he's a great guy. (the father of England star Eric Dier) is a member of the club. I have known Eric since he was a teenager."

Should England make the final on Sunday, it's possible that the men's final may not be even over -- especially if and are involved.

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

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 17:45 IST
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