Oxenhope ace Fran Jones and fellow young British tennis talent Emma Raducanu were dreaming of their academic futures on a pre-Wimbledon trip to Oxford.

The good friends both excelled at school and, while tennis is very much the priority at the moment, they took a day off to do a little forward planning.

"We are both pretty academic, I would say," said 23-year-old Jones. "We have a vision for the future and Oxford (University) is definitely something that we would both enjoy.

"It was just a bit spontaneous really, we felt like going and we love coffee so some great little coffee spots. It was just a good opportunity for a day off.

"I think sometimes tennis is consuming and it's important that you can have that vision for your career afterwards and sometimes keeping in touch with it. So that when you do come back in here, you're ready to go again instead of everything else being drowned out.

"There's a lot I want to do in my life and I feel like sometimes I don't have enough time to do everything.

"But I think I would like to use my different skill sets off the court once I'm done with tennis, and I think tennis is a fantastic sport to provide you the life experiences and the values that many people don't attain until a much later age."

Jones, who made her women’s singles debut at Wimbledon in 2021, but then missed the last two editions with injury, will make her All England Club return against Croatian Petra Martic tomorrow.

Fran Jones taking on Coco Gauff at Wimbledon three years ago.Fran Jones taking on Coco Gauff at Wimbledon three years ago. (Image: PA.)

She has been handed a wildcard into the main draw, but it will be a tough ask for her against the world number 74.

Jones does, however, have the carrot of a potential second-round match against world number one Iga Swiatek.

But Jones warned: "I like to play on the big stage where I can, so I'm sure it's a great motivation for me, but it's all about the first match.”