Lewis Hamilton, winner of the British Grand Prix, was turned away from the Royal Box at Wimbledon after falling foul of the dress code which requires men to wear a jacket and tie
Hamilton was due to watch Novak Djokovic’s game against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon men’s singles final on Sunday and had even posted a picture of his invitation to watch the match in the royal box on Instagram shortly before it started. He wrote: ‘On my way to Wimbledon to watch the final. Honoured to have been invited to watch the men’s finals from the Royal Box.‘
A Wimbledon source said Hamilton, 30, declined the offer of a jacket and tie and left the grounds without watching the action.
The Guardian report:
Men invited into the royal box are expected to wear a jacket, tie and shoes. In a second image posted on his Instagram account on Sunday, which he captioned “Wimbledon”, Hamilton was wearing neither a jacket, nor a a tie. A spokesman for Hamilton said: “Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding regarding dress code at Wimbledon, Lewis is very disappointed to have missed the men’s final.”
A Wimbledon spokesman confirmed that Hamilton had been due to attend the match, but would not comment on the reason he had not done so. The spokesman said: “If he was not adequately dressed, you could infer that he would not have been let in, but we do not comment on our guests. If he came without a jacket, tie or shoes, he would have had two choices – not staying, or going to get some extra stuff.”