Keen to find a way to keep three children active during the summer holidays, Simon Jones was driving along, saw a banner outside Heaton Tennis Club in Bradford advertising summer camps, quickly signed up five year old Francesca and her older brother and sister.  That was the start of her tennis journey.

At the age of nine she moved to Spain to train at the Sanchez Casal Tennis Academy to further her tennis career.  At age 16 moved to Ad-In Tennis Academy (also in Barcelona) where she was based for two years and met her current coach Andreu Giulera.  Also works with coach Jordi Samper and her fitness trainer is Roberto Vavassori.  2021 marks her fourth year on the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme which provides support to highest potential British players aged 16-24.  Also works with the LTA’s CMO Jo Larkin and LTA nutritionist Dan Ellis. 

Fran was born with a rare genetic condition: Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia (EED) syndrome (missing one finger on each hand and three toes) which has required frequent surgeries over the years, but according to herself, never saw this as something that could prevent her from reaching her dreams.

scheduleLast updated 18/10/2021
GB RANKING
Great Britain 6 1 arrow_drop_down
WORLD RANKING
156 2 arrow_drop_down
CAREER HIGH
154 18/10/2021
FED CUP TIES PLAYED
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Get to know Fran

  • Place of birth: Born in Keighley in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire.  Grew up in Oxenhope until moving to Barcelona at the age of nine
  • Lives: Barcelona / Weybridge when in the UK
  • Trains: Trains at the LTA’s NTC when in the UK
  • Favourite surface: Likes playing on all surfaces
  • Likes: Enjoying good food (self-described foodie) – some favourite meals are a traditional paella cooked over a barbeque or Sunday Roast – but is reluctant to single out any dish and these can change!  Music – loves everything – if had to pick a favourite album would be Mothership by Led Zepplin.  Also interested in property and would like to attend university at Oxford or Cambridge once her tennis career is over (says she had to let go of that dream in order to pursue her tennis)  Is also a big football (Manchester United supporter) fan.
  • Family: Mum – Adele, Dad – Simon – both financial advisors who now live in Weybridge.  Brother Daniel (5 years older) and sister Chloe (3 years older).
  • Self described as: A perfectionist, determined, gritty and extremely competitive.
GB RANKING
Great Britain 16 1 arrow_drop_down
WORLD RANKING
551 3 arrow_drop_up
CAREER HIGH
541 22/02/2021
FED CUP TIES PLAYED
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Get to know Fran

  • Place of birth: Born in Keighley in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire.  Grew up in Oxenhope until moving to Barcelona at the age of nine
  • Lives: Barcelona / Weybridge when in the UK
  • Trains: Trains at the LTA’s NTC when in the UK
  • Favourite surface: Likes playing on all surfaces
  • Likes: Enjoying good food (self-described foodie) – some favourite meals are a traditional paella cooked over a barbeque or Sunday Roast – but is reluctant to single out any dish and these can change!  Music – loves everything – if had to pick a favourite album would be Mothership by Led Zepplin.  Also interested in property and would like to attend university at Oxford or Cambridge once her tennis career is over (says she had to let go of that dream in order to pursue her tennis)  Is also a big football (Manchester United supporter) fan.
  • Family: Mum – Adele, Dad – Simon – both financial advisors who now live in Weybridge.  Brother Daniel (5 years older) and sister Chloe (3 years older).
  • Self described as: A perfectionist, determined, gritty and extremely competitive.

2021 2021 addremove

Made her Australian Open debut as she made her way through three rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw. Fran lost her first round main draw against Shelby Rogers. Fran has since reached the final in an ITF 25K in Argentina and quarter-finals at an ITF 60K in Portugal. After losing in the first rounds of the French Open and Wimbledon, Fran then finished runner-up at the W60 Biarritz and a semi-finalist at the W60 Olomouc - taking her to a new career high ranking of 167.

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