Wimbledon officials expressed surprise over FIFAâ€™s decision to hold the World Cup final in the same time bracket as the final of their Menâ€™s Singles division.
Both the events are scheduled to be held on July 15. The Wimbledon final is scheduled to start two hours before the World Cup final.
â€œWeâ€™ve always known it was going to be there, we knew 18 months ago. But I think itâ€™s slightly surprising that FIFA have the kick-off at four oâ€™clock, Itâ€™s not something theyâ€™ve done in the past but thatâ€™s the decision. You know, our tournament [final] always starts at two oâ€™clock â€“ weâ€™ll start at two oâ€™clock," Mick Desmond, the All England Lawn Tennis Club's commercial and media director, said to The Guardian.
â€œThere was dialogue [with FIFA] and there was dialogue between the broadcasters. I think broadcasters whoâ€™ve got both sets of rights were concerned. At the end of the day, FIFA decided to do that,â€� he added.