She has 8 fingers and 7 toes ... and a Wimbledon wild card

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She has 8 fingers and 7 toes ... and a Wimbledon wild card

Rising tennis star Fran Jones refuses to be limited by people's opinions or her rare genetic disorder

Sarah Lumley

A budding teenage tennis star is aiming for the top after earning a Wimbledon wild card entry, despite having only eight fingers and seven toes.

Fran Jones, 18, was born with a rare genetic disorder, ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia (https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/ectrodactyly-ectodermal-dysplasia-cleft-lippalate/) cleft lip/palate, commonly known as EEC. She was born with webbed fingers and, after numerous operations, today has three fingers and a thumb on each hand, four toes on her left foot, and just three toes on her right foot. Her missing digits affect her racket grip and balance.

Medical professionals told her that becoming a top tennis player would be impossible but she has defied the odds, ranking in the world’s top 300 and securing a wild card for Wimbledon 2019, which starts on July 1...

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