Lewis Hamilton could not believe the predicament he felt on sunday, during the Men Wimbledon finals between Novak Djokovic and Swiss Roger Federer.
The Formula one champion was barred from entering the Royal Box during the Wimbledon final because he was not wearing a jacket and tie.
Despite receiving an invitation to watch the men’s singles final from the Royal Box, the Formula One champion missed the match owing to an “unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code at Wimbledon”, according to his spokesman.
Earlier in the day Hamilton posted a picture on Instagram showing his Royal Box invitation package, saying he was “honoured” to have received it.
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.”
He later posted another picture of himself on Instagram dressed in a colourful shirt and trousers, with the caption “Wimbledon”, little did he know he was to be bounced from the finals of one of the most prestigious sport.
There seem to be dress code which the car racer was not familiar with, Men who are invited to the exclusive box on Centre Court must wear a jacket, tie and shoes.
Gary Lineker weighed in on the issue, suggesting that Mr Hamilton’s predicament showed “England at its pompous worst”.
He said: “Might be me, but turning away @LewisHamilton from the Royal box for not wearing a bloody jacket and tie shows England as its pompous worst.”
Meanwhile British rowing champion James Cracknell admitted that he too has falled foul of the SW19 Royal Box’s strict dress code.
A spokesman for Hamilton said: “Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code at Wimbledon, Lewis is very disappointed to have missed the men’s final.”