AN Oxenhope tennis player has been drawn against one of the world's top players in the first round of Wimbledon.

Francesca Jones will face Coco Gauff tomorrow as the prestigious tournament is set to make its return today after two years due to the Covid pandemic.

The 20-year-old, who suffers from a congenital condition which means she has three fingers and a thumb on each hand, three toes on one foot and four toes on the other, will feature in the main draw at SW19 for the first time after being handed a wild card.

Jones, who is one of 12 players on the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme, is an avid football fan and spends most of her time away from court watching the beautiful game.

Gauff, 17, who is currently the world's women's 23, will offer a tough test to Jones.

Gauff made her WTA Tour debut in March 2019 at the Miami Open and won her opening match.

She received a wildcard entry into the qualifying draw at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships where she became the youngest player in the tournament's history to qualify for the main draw. She reached the fourth round of that year's tournament.

Gauff's route to the fourth round included a giant-killing win over Venus Williams in the opening round.

It will be Jones' latest appearance in a Grand Slam as her breakthrough 2021 continues.

She appeared in the opening round of the Australian Open in February.

But she was knocked out at the first time of asking, losing to two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, American Shelby Rogers in 67 minutes, losing 6-4, 6-1.

Jones beat three higher-ranked players in January’s qualifying event in Dubai to reach the tournament in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Jones will be building up to her Wimbledon debut by working out ways England can beat Germany in Euro 2020 tomorrow.

In an interview on Zoom where she was dressed in an England shirt, she said: “It’s pretty simple. If I’m not watching England, I’m studying how we beat the other teams.

“So on Wednesday night, France and Germany was on my big screen and my mum was not allowed to come into the room as I was writing down tactics to send to Gareth Southgate.

“I am a massive football fan. I adore the sport, I will definitely be following it. I watched the match on Tuesday, I am very passionate. Just a massive fan."