The Australian Open 2021 is just three weeks away and excitement for the first Major is growing with each passing day. The qualifiers are over and now everyone is eagerly waiting for their superstars to return to the court. However, there is something special about one particular player who has qualified for the main round this time.
Amongst others, Francesca Jones also qualified for the main round of the Grand Slam. The 20-year-old truly has an inspiring story as she managed to qualify after the doctors had earlier claimed that she would never be able to play tennis.
“I went to the doctors and the doctors told me I would never be able to play tennis due to whatever disadvantages they thought I had. And, that was kind of my decision where I was like okay because you have said that, I’m now going to prove you wrong,” said Jones in a recent interview.
It was pure dedication and determination which helped her survive and push on after such a disappointing let down coming from the doctors. She didn’t give up and is certainly an inspiration to many youngsters now.
In the interview, Jones also revealed how she stuck to tennis despite having an injury-prone career so far.
“Obviously, there is a lot more risk of injuries. My left hand, I think would have had over ten surgeries. That’s something I have to deal with in a different way because I’ve never had an injury that has taken me out,” added the British tennis player.
It was a challenging task for Jones to qualify for the Grand Slam in Melbourne with all those injuries. She thrashed Lu Jiajing in the final set of qualifiers and won the match 6-0, 6-1. It is the first time she has qualified for the first Major of the tennis season.
Before this, Jones was a part of the qualifiers at the Wimbledon 2019. However, she could not enter the main draw there. This time, the British player certainly has an opportunity to prove herself on the big stage. Will Jones leave a mark at the Australian Open 2021?