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Born without three toes and two fingers, Fran Jones defies doctors to qualify for Australian Open  

By Editor - Wed Jan 13, 5:28 am

Britain’s newest tennis star Fran Jones – who is heading for the world’s top 200 despite missing three toes and two fingers because of a congenital condition – has just surged through her final round of qualifying for the Australian Open. Jones was utterly dominant in dismissing China’s Jia-Jing Lu – a far more experienced player, who is ranked 41 places higher than her – by a 6-0 6-1 scoreline in just 61 minutes. At the age of 20, she is about to play at a major for the first time. Jones suffers from a rare genetic condition called Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia, which left her needing to build her own distinctive style. She has to be extremely precise with her footwork, and she plays with an unusually light racket, but she still generates enough racket-head speed to apply heavy topspin. She admits that her decision to become a professional tennis player was spurred by a doctor who told her, at the age of the eight, that it would be impossible. Overcoming obstacles is part of her daily life – and in Dubai this week she has scored three qualifying victories in as many days where the other four British players (Liam Broady, Jay Clarke, Harriet Dart and Naiktha Bains) managed none between them

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Born without three toes and two fingers, Fran Jones defies doctors to qualify for Australian Open

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