Wimbledon 2019: England’s World Cup clash with USA won’t be shown at All England Club

The Championships has a long-standing policy of not showing football within its grounds

Samuel Lovett
Monday 01 July 2019 12:15
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The All England Lawn Tennis Club will not be showing coverage of England’s World Cup semi-final against the USA on Tuesday night, with Wimbledon organisers keen to keep the event a strictly tennis affair.

The Championships has a long-standing policy of not showing football within its grounds, and intends to enforce this once again on Tuesday – despite the significance of England’s clash.

As such, England fans will be unable to watch the match, or any other knockout games during the World Cup, on Henman Hill or other screens inside the All England Club.

“People can watch the football on their mobile devices, we’re very relaxed about that, but the big screen will stick to the tennis as in previous years,” said Richard Lewis, the chief executive of the All England Club, on Monday.

Wimbledon refused to show England’s last-16 showdown with Colombia at last year’s men’s World Cup.

Fans in attendance at the All England Club were subsequently spotted watching the fixture on their phones. Others opted for stealing a glimpse from screens in Wimbledon’s media centre.

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