Wimbledon relaxes cellphone ban ahead of World Cup semifinal

Just one of over 400 points

Just one of over 400 points

Lewis said he had not asked Fifa, football's world governing body, at any stage to consider moving the World Cup final to a different time.

The authorities at the tennis tournament have said that it will be OK to activate your phone and watch the football while in the grounds of Wimbledon, as long as you can manage to not stand up and go "F*CKING SQUARE IT DELLE JESUS CHRIST MAN ON" while someone's serving at 30-40 down.

"What will happen next Sunday is Centre Court will be packed for the men's final and I'm sure people will be able to follow the World Cup final", Lewis told reporters on Monday.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson in action during the fourth round match against France's Gael Monfils.

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.

Fans will, however, be able to follow the action in Russian Federation on their phones and tablets using the tournament's wifi signal. Wimbledon concludes with the women's singles championship Saturday, July 14, and the men's singles final Sunday, July 15.

"It's not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something special happens in a football tournament, and I'm sure everybody will understand if it does".

England have progressed to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

Fans in Wimbledon's Centre Court turning around to watch England's World Cup quarter-final against Sweden from TV. I'm sure it'll be the same on Wednesday, a huge amount of interest in the tennis of course because it's a tennis event but great interest in the football.

"Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships".

"Hopefully England will get through to the final and it will be one of the very special days at Wimbledon".

In a concession to the World Cup mania that's sweeping England now that its national team has reached the semifinals for the first time in 28 years, Wimbledon is loosening its ban on the use of mobile phones in the stands.

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