Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was forced to miss today’s men’s final of the Wimbledon tennis championships due to an “unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code”.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Hamilton was unable to take up his seat in the famous Royal Box – which featured actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper and Hugh Grant – having received a prestigious invite for the occasion.
A spokesman for Hamilton told the Telegraph: “Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code at Wimbledon, Lewis is very disappointed to have missed the men’s final.”
The dress code for the Royal Box on Centre Court is jacket, tie and shoes, but photos posted on Hamilton’s Instagram account suggest he hadn’t taken at least one of those items.
A spokesman for Wimbledon, who confirmed Hamilton had arrived for the match between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic but did not stay, stated: "If he came without a jacket, tie or shoes he would have had two choices – not staying or going to get some extra stuff."
Earlier, Hamilton has posted another photo on his Instagram account, which said how honoured he was to have been invited…