Wimbledon chiefs insisted again on Monday that the men’s final will start at its traditional time despite it clashing with a potential England World Cup triumph.
The All England Club (AEC) has come under increasing pressure to rethink its 2 p.m. (1300 GMT) start time for Sunday’s men’s singles final with the football show-piece in Moscow kicking off at 4 p.m. (1500 GMT). If England defeats Croatia in Wednesday’s semifinal, it will feature in a WC final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1966.
“It is purely our decision to stay at 2 p.m. It will stay this year, it will stay next year,” said All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis. “People followed the football on their devices thanks to modern technology without disturbing other spectators.”
Lewis has become exasperated by stories that the AEC has been indifferent to the national wave of affection which has engulfed Southgate’s football team.
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