Lewis Hamilton Turned Away From Wimbledon Royal Box

The Formula One champion was barred from watching the Wimbledon men’s final between Federer and Djokovic because of violation of dress code


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.”