One of the perks of being an international superstar and world champion is getting invited to high profile social and sporting occasions. Recently Lewis Hamilton told his fans via twitter that he had tickets to the fight in Pacquiao and Mayweather fight in Las Vegas.
Last week, the organisers of one of Britain’s most historic and traditional sporting occasions invited Lewis Hamilton to share the Royal Box for the men’s singles final at Wimbledon. Even those who have the ‘world at their feet’ accept such privileged opportunities and Lewis excitement was also evident having posted the following on instagram.
Among the stars invited to the event were Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper and Hugh Grant along with numerous former Wimbledon champions.
However, Lewis apparently made it no further than the anti room where he was diverted upon presenting himself at the all England club.
The daily Telegraph comment that Lewis was ‘not smart enough’ to be allowed entry to the exclusive Royal box appeared to be based upon reality and the opportunity to poke fun at the F1 champion.
A spokesperson for Hamilton confirmed he had been refused entrance due to an “unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code at Wimbledon.”
Ironically Hamilton had posted a picture of items from his Wimbledon invitation package, which included “A guide for Royal box guests”, where all protocols including dress code are detailed.
Another ‘spokesperson’, this time for Wimbledon revealed, “If [Hamilton] 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.”
Interestingly, despite the obvious embarrassment Hamilton must have felt, he stuck around in the anti room until the score was 4-3 in the fourth set, confirmed the same afore mentioned spokesperson.
Since splitting with his management team, Lewis Hamilton primarily manages his business and diary himself. Though the lack of capable administrative support appears to have created a rather humbling occasion for Mercedes’ star driver at Wimbledon.
Just last week, Lewis Hamilton’s decision to take control of his own destiny during the British GP – when he made the call for intermediate tyres – was undoubtedly the moment that won him the 2015 Silverstone race. And speaking to the assembled media following the podium presentations, Hamilton said: “In the build-up to Silverstone, there was so much debate about my decisions and things I choose in doing.
“I think it is with everything, I trust my judgement and I trust myself and all the decision that I am making inside and outside of the racing world.”
Hamilton is strong favourite to win his third F1 drivers’ title this year, though the ongoing back stories of Lewis’ off track activities, continue to be entwined with the narrative of his sporting achievements.