Fran Jones COLLAPSES at Nottingham Open and is left needing a wheelchair after having convulsions

FRAN JONES dramatically collapsed on court at the Nottingham Open and left in a wheelchair following body convulsions.

In 20-degree heat, the 20-year-old started cramping before the end of her 4-6 6-3 6-4 first-round defeat to Spaniard Georgina Garcia Perez.


The British No4, who was born missing fingers and toes, received medical assistance and was able to finish the match.

The 20-year-old later received further treatment on-site at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Jones, ranked 187 in the world, said: “It’s a tough situation to go through – I can’t say it’s all rainbows and unicorns for me.

“Today is leaning towards the bad but there are some positives to take and I’ll focus on recovery.

“She took a very long break at 2-1, the assessment took about six minutes and there was a three-minute treatment. I started cramping in my forearm.

“This is something we have been working on trying to get to the bottom of.

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It last happened in April. It’s very inconvenient. We’ll keep trying to get to the bottom of it.

“It’s not new for me. It last happened in April. It’s very inconvenient. We’ll keep trying to get to the bottom of it.

“I probably need a couple of days to rest and get some physio hands and ice baths which are always fun. We will see how I hold up and how I wake up in the morning.”

Jones has three fingers and a thumb on each hand and plays with a specially modified Wilson racquet.

Dan Evans won his first match of the new grass-court season as he came from a set down to beat Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 4-6 7-6 7-6 at the ATP Nottingham Challenger.

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