It took almost eleven hours of play to decide the finalists of Wimbledon 2018 men’s singles championships match to be held on Sunday. Eighth-seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa and twelfth-seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia are the two determined players who will step on the Centre Court with an eye on the silver guilt trophy. The Gentlemen’s Singles Final will begin at 6.30pm IST and the official broadcaster Star Sports India have found a cute way to give all details to ardent tennis fans pertaining to the grand slam final match. It’s a dynamic doodle that not only urges viewers to catch Djokovic vs Anderson match live but also takes a fun dig at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia whose final match, France vs Croatia is also scheduled on the day!
The official Twitter handle of Star Sports India shared the bumbling doodle along with this caption: “Cancel your appointments & get ready to kick off the Sunday every sports fan dreams of with #TheRoyalFinal! 😍 Watch the #Wimbledon final, LIVE on Star Sports Select! #WimbledonDoodle.” The ten-second promo shows two tennis racquets beginning to start the game as words, ‘Quite Please,’ appears. Now tennis fans would know it is referring to the chair umpire’s appeal to overenthusiastic fans during matches. But in this case scenario, it is also aimed at the noisy football fans.
Cancel your appointments & get ready to kick off the Sunday every sports fan dreams of with #TheRoyalFinal! 😍
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) July 14, 2018
As we all know, two of the biggest sporting events – Wimbledon final and FIFA World Cup final is both scheduled on the same date, which means sports lovers are going to be divided. For fans in India, the situation can be avoided if Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson match wrap up under two-hour mark. The Wimbledon men’s singles final kicks off at 6.30pm IST while 2018 FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia will start at 8.30pm IST. But going by Djokovic and Anderson’s last matches, it looks highly unlikely for the match winner to be decided in a span of two hours.
Kevin Anderson standing at a towering height of 6.8 feet battled for six hours and 36 minutes before beating John Isner, the ninth-seed from the United States in the semi-finals. The final scoreline read 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 26-24, which is now the record longest semi-final match in the Wimbledon history. His opponent and former SW19 grand slam winner, Djokovic too is coming off a marathon match against World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. He needed five hours and 15 minutes to stun Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 3-6, 10-8. Ahead of the epic grand slam final, fans must brace themselves for a long, really-long match coming their way!