Two of the greatest sporting events in this year’s calendar are scheduled to culminate on the same day and around the same time.
The Gentlemen’s singles final is scheduled to start at 2 pm(BST) and the Football World Cup final will kick off at 4 pm(BST).
With England playing exceedingly well, there is a slight possibility that they might actually go all the way and play the final this time.
Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here but even if Harry Kane manages to take England into the land of dreams, Wimbledon won’t be tinkering with the timing of the Gentlemen’s singles final.
England would be interested in Wimbledon too as Andy Murray or Kyle Edmund might make it to the final, but that is highly unlikely.
After the warmups and initial formalities are done with, the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s final should commence from 2:10 pm(local time) and if it were to finish before 4pm(local time) it would be only be the 3rd gentlemen’s final in the last 20 years to achieve that feat.
Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis confirmed that the authorities did have a discussion about it but decided against shifting the time of the final.
“I can honestly say we had a shot clock on it [a discussion about moving the final] and I am not sure it went up to 25 seconds.
“We just said: ‘Our final is at two o’clock, let’s just stick with it. That’s our tradition, let’s go with it.’ Otherwise you start saying, ‘Well, who else do we move for? World athletics or something?’
“It has not been a discussion other than:‘We are two o’clock and that’s it.’” said Lewis.
Football continues to be the more popular sport in England at least as 18.3 million watched England’s win over Tunisia, while the final last year attracted just 6.3 million.
People who love both tennis and football will have a tough choice to make at 4pm(BST) or opt for a split screen on their TV/laptop.