Lewis Hamilton Got Turned Away from Wimbledon
The tennis championships at Wimbledon are an esteemed event, not just for those participating, but for the rarified gallery. The stands at the annual tournament are a veritable “who’s who” of British royalty, athletes, and celebrities from the UK and abroad. With that comes an expectation of decorum and apparently a dress code—something that got British Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton turned away from the event. Hamilton was invited to watch the men’s final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, from the royal box. It should come as little surprise that the royal box has a dress code, as established by the Lawn Tennis Association, requiring men to wear a suit jacket, tie, and shoes. RELATED: Lewis Hamilton Wins in a Mercedes, Buys a Ferrari Apparently Hamilton did not meet those requirements, and was turned away from the prestigious seating area before the match. A photo from the Guardian shows the empty chair in the royal box:
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Per a statement from Hamilton’s spokesperson: “Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding regarding dress code at Wimbledon, Lewis is very disappointed to have missed the men’s final.” Meanwhile, a statement from Wimbledon’s spokesperson confirms that he was invited and did not attend, but was more cryptic on as to the reason why: “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.”
When your business suit is actually a flame-proof Nomex jump suit, it might take some reminding what constitutes formal dress.
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