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Was Wimbledon right to bar Lewis Hamilton for not wearing a tie?

08:18 13 July 2015

Screen grab taken from the Instagram account of Lewis Hamilton showing him at Wimbledon. He missed the final after he was refused entry to the Royal Box for falling foul of its strict dress code. Photo: Lewis Hamilton/Instagram/PA Wire

Screen grab taken from the Instagram account of Lewis Hamilton showing him at Wimbledon. He missed the final after he was refused entry to the Royal Box for falling foul of its strict dress code. Photo: Lewis Hamilton/Instagram/PA Wire

Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton missed the Wimbledon final after he was refused entry to the Royal Box for falling foul of its strict dress code.

The 30-year-old racing champion was among the select group of guests invited to watch the showdown between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer from the exclusive Centre Court area.

But he set tongues wagging after he was unable to take his seat and left SW19 before Djokovic had beaten Federer in a four set thriller which ended 7-6 6-7 6-4 6-3.

Men who are invited to the Royal Box - which yesterday was graced by Hollywood stars such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper and Hugh Grant - must wear a tie, jacket and shoes.

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.”

The two-time world champion, who is currently leading the F1 drivers’ standings, posted a picture from the All England in which he could be seen indoors with a grass court in the background.

In the picture, which he simply captioned “Wimbledon”, he could be seen wearing a hat but did not appear to have a tie or a jacket on.

He had earlier shared a picture of his Royal Box invitation package, excitedly telling fans: “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 spokesman confirmed that the driver had left before the final ended, but would not comment further.

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.”

Following his victory - his third Wimbledon title - Djokovic screamed in delight and pumped his arms, before celebrating by eating some of the hallowed Centre Court turf.

The 28-year-old Serb - who married wife Jelena last year - said: “One year ago I won the trophy, and on this day, we got married in the church, started a new life together.

“It’s really an amazing chapter of my life that I’m trying to enjoy as much as I can.

“Ever since I got married and became a father, I haven’t lost many matches, I won many tournaments. I suggest that to every player, Get married, have kids, let’s enjoy this.”

Djokovic and his wife, along with women’s champion Serena Williams, later attended the annual Champions’ Dinner at the Guildhall in The City of London.

12 comments

  • Hamilton was offered a tie, a young assistant went and found one for him to wear but when she came back he refused it. In the BBC article it says that his spokesperson said: "Due to a misunderstanding over dress code, he is disappointed to have missed the final." I reckon he knew the dress code, he would have been told the dress code when he was invited, but didn't want to comply to it, everyone else wore jacket and tie, but he thinks he doesn't have to follow the rules.

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    Spooky

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • @milecross - are you feeling ok? You've made a comment and not blamed his lack of a tie on labour or immigration! Well done you x

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    Rushallchap2

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • BG is right . Another over paid sports star who thinks the rules don't apply to him

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    milecross

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • @BG pps - you might want to reacquaint your self with the story in last week's EDP about the little boy from Mileham who Hamilton spent time talking to and lifted him into his car! It's on the health section of the website. It describes quite a different side to the man than you seek to paint. As ever, it's a more complex picture than your arrogant, self opinionated posturing would suggest. If you will permit me to make a suggestion, perhaps you might like to try a dose of your own medicine and "grow up"?

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    Rushallchap2

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • @BG - you say "Good manners and respect cost nothing", after you've given a scathing criticism of someone you don't know? How very hypocritical. Contrary to your statement regarding his domiciliary arrangements, Mr. Hamilton, not "Lewis", try showing a little respect, is a resident of Switzerland although he pays taxes in various location due to the unique nature of his employment. ps- 'bling' isn't a word that has been used outside of the daily mail since 2003!

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    Rushallchap2

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • I think you really need to acquaint yourself with the reasons why she no longer attends Wimbledon before making misleading statements like that. A flowery shirt and slacks are not the order of the day for the royal box at Wimbledon. People nowadays look scruffy enough without encouraging it even more.

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    BG

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Unfortunately it just goes to show how stuck up their backsides officials at Wimbledon are. It's about time they came in to the 21st century and relaxed the rules. Even the Duchess of Kent realises how petty the rules are, which is why she has boycotted the Royal box for several years now.

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    Gary Pearson

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • I think Lewis has allowed his success on the track to go to his head. He is pushing his bling image too far. I think his sponsors will be having a quiet word with him. This sort of publicity is not something they would want to be associated with. He needs to grow up and its a pity can`t emulate the people he went to watch. Just because you are paid bucket loads of money, more than you will ever need and choose for tax purposes not to live in this country doesn`t mean you can do what you please. Good manners and respect cost nothing.

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    BG

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • He was offered a tie, etc. but declined. Just a cheap publicity stunt by someone who is paid too much.

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    andy

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • I'm not sure who deserves the greatest amount of scorn. Lewis Hamilton for for pushing his 'bling' image too far, or the Wimbledon authorities for being a bunch of pompous gits. Equally at fault, I think. In the past a spare 'dress kit' would have been held on the premises and offered to the offender. It may have been offered, of course but may have clashed with his designer clothes...

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    Max Headroom

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Surely some official at Wimbledon could have found a tie to lend him!!!

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    Crafty Cook

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • I must live a sheltered life. I haven't a clue who Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper or Hugh Grant are.

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    Green Ink from Tunbridge Wells

    Monday, July 13, 2015

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