Lewis Hamilton turned away from Royal Box at Wimbledon after “unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code”


Officials at Wimbledon called “fault” on Lewis Hamilton’s attire ahead of today’s men singles final and refused the Formula 1 world champion entry to the Royal Box on centre court, according to reports from Press Association and The Telegraph.

Hamilton had been due to sit in the exclusive viewing area for the final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on Sunday afternoon.

The Briton sent out a picture of his invite to the Royal Box on Instagram earlier on Sunday, writing: “Honored to have been invited to watch the men’s finals from the Royal Box!”

He then sent out another picture soon after inside a room overlooking one of Wimbledon’s outside courts, wearing a hat and shirt.

However, the strict dress code for the Royal Box at Wimbledon states that all gentlemen must be wearing a jacket and a tie, as adhered to by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Grant and Bradley Cooper who watched the four-set thriller on Sunday.

“Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code at Wimbledon, Lewis is very disappointed to have missed the men’s final,” a spokesperson for the F1 driver said. The Telegraph also reports that Hamilton then left Wimbledon before the end of the match.

Hamilton has been enjoying some down time during the three-week break before the Hungarian Grand Prix, revelling in his third home victory at Silverstone last weekend.