Today may be election day in Britain, but it’s also a big day for the country’s tennis stars as they compete at Wimbledon.

Jack Draper, Britain’s highest-ranked men’s singles player, gave a one-word answer – “No” – when asked if he was interested in politics. The 22-year-old, who faces Cameron Norrie in a second-round match, said on Tuesday he did not intend to follow any election coverage.

“I mean, it’s a crazy busy time for our tennis players. Not watching a lot of TV. Not a lot of time to think about it,” he said. “Obviously, it’s really important, so we’ll see.”

Katie Boulter, the top-ranked women’s singles player in the UK, also deflected some questions about the election.

To be honest, I’m here to focus on tennis. I’m not necessarily sure what the connection is between the two,” the 27-year-old said at a pre-tournament news conference on Saturday. “Of course, it’s a huge moment for our country, but I I’ll cross that bridge off the tennis court a little later.”

Emma Raducano was also asked about the selection at her news conference after her 6-1, 6-2 win over Elise Mertens on Wednesday. The 2021 US Open champion was asked if she would try to vote in the morning and if she would find out the election by evening.

A transcript of her response said she was smiling as she replied, “No. I think I’ll lie, then I’ll come to practice. I didn’t even know it was tomorrow, Honestly. Thanks for telling me.”

At a pre-tournament news conference on Saturday, he indicated he was aware of the election, though he did not offer an opinion on it.

“I’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks,” she said. “I’m just focusing on my tennis. I don’t really have time for anything else. I put all my energy into it.”

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Raducanu celebrates after a match point against Elise Mertens. [Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports via Reuters]



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