Wimbledon to be football free zone during World Cup

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London, Apr 21 (ANI): Wimbledon has been declared a football free zone for the 2010 World Cup. So no matches will be shown on the giant screens in the grounds when the tennis championship is on.

"This is a tennis tournament. If you want to watch the World Cup, you can go to South Africa or watch it on television," said Tim Phillips, the tournament's chairman.

The Centre Court seats this year will have added protection from the sun because more of the cover can be deployed across the court, The Times reports.

As Wimbledon's management listed its improvements for the 2010 Championships, emphasis was on the 9.4 per cent increase in total prize money from last year.

Wimbledon had to take account of the depreciation in the value of sterling when making its calculations.

It decided that the players were worth greater indulgence than just the improvements being undertaken to their living quarters in SW19 as part of a further revamp of the grounds. (ANI)

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