(April 21, 2010) The world's most prestigious tennis tournament will not televise the World Cup on the big screens this summer.
In soccer-mad Great Britain some wondered if Wimbledon, which runs June 21st-July 4th, would televise some of the World Cup soccer tournament, set to start on June 11th in South Africa, on the big screens around the grounds of the All England Club.
Wimbledon officials have given that idea the boot.
All-England Club chairman Tim Phillips said the grass-court Grand Slam will focus on tennis, not soccer.
"No, this is a tennis tournament. If you want to watch the football you can go to South Africa or watch it on television," Phillips said. "There is no plan to show football. We are not ever going to say never on any subject because we have to make a judgment on the day, but it would not be right for people to be led to believe they can come here to watch a bit of tennis and then watch the World Cup on the big screen. That is not going to happen. This is arguably the leading tennis tournament in the world and you come here to watch tennis."
A recent poll showed that 93 percent of British respondents would give up food for a week to see England win the World Cup.