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F1 star misses Wimbledon final due to strict dress code

Alex Diaz London

Published 13/07/2015 | 02:30

Lewis Hamilton at Wimbledon, right, and his Instagram photo of his special invite to the Men's Final
Lewis Hamilton at Wimbledon, right, and his Instagram photo of his special invite to the Men's Final
Kate Winslet (centre) and Clive Owen (top left) watch the Mens Singles Final on day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Thierry Henry and Andrea Rajacic watch the Mens Singles Final on day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Actor Hugh Grant on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London
Jelena Djokovic watches her husband Novak Djokovic in the Men's Singles Final

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.

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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 the final had finished.

Men who are invited to the Royal Box - which yesterday was graced by a host of Hollywood stars, such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper, Kate Winslet 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 Club 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."

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