British tennis ace Raducanu votes for 'lie-in' on election day

Election? What election?: Emma Raducanu reacts after defeating <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Belgium;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Belgium</a>'s Elise Mertens at Wimbledon (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC)
Election? What election?: Emma Raducanu reacts after defeating Belgium's Elise Mertens at Wimbledon (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC)

British tennis star Emma Raducanu said she's voting to have a "lie-in" on Thursday when the country goes to the polls, claiming she was unaware of a general election taking place.

When asked if she was planning to vote before practising at the Wimbledon championship, she said: "No".

"I think I'll have a lie-in, then I'll come to practise. I didn't even know it was tomorrow, to be honest. Thanks for letting me know," said the 21-year-old after reaching the third round at the All England Club.

Raducanu shot to fame in 2021 when she became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title in 44 years with victory at the US Open.

She was joined in her indifference to the election by national teammate Katie Boulter, who has her third-round match at Wimbledon on Thursday.

"I'm going to stick to the tennis right now. I don't see myself as someone who's going to get involved in anything but tennis that day for the moment," she said.

"I'll cross that bridge when I get there."