Wimbledon won't budge on World Cup final clash

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The grounds at Wimbledon were sparsely populated as England attempted to reach their first World Cup final since 1966.

The tennis grand slam event had been urged to move its men's final start time, says The Daily Telegraph, over fears that there could be "15,000 empty seats" on Centre Court.

The All England Club CEO Richard Lewis is confident that everything will go well.

Lewis has also said that Wimbledon will not screen the final, insisting that the television on "Henman Hill" is "reserved for tennis".

The All England Club was asked to rethink its 2 pm (6.30 pm IST) start time for Sunday's men's singles final as the football showdown Moscow will be kicking off at 4pm in the United Kingdom (8.30 pm IST).

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Last Saturday, fans deserted Centre Court immediately after Rafael Nadal booked his place in the second week of the championships as England were playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals. "The tennis was very good and there as an historic football match going on", added Lewis.

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"We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football and enjoy it, without disturbing other people", he told the paper.

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

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

Lewis is quoted in the Guardian saying: "People get Wimbledon, and we get the balance right".

In a significant relaxation of its rules, the All England Lawn Tennis Club said spectators could even cheer on Gareth Southgate's team.

However, the FIFA World Cup final will be set to begin at 3pm on Sunday.

"I saw a few pictures the size of Croatia compared to size of Russian Federation, and I think if we are already to be in semi-finals is unbelievable, but if we can make it further, it´s really good, as well". "We are a country of four million people", said the 22-year-old.

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