Hughes and Fred Perry won the doubles at the French Championships in 1933 and at the Australian Championships in 1934. Hughes later teamed up with Raymond Tuckey. They won the doubles in Wimbledon in 1936. Hughes reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 1931, where he beat Vernon Kirby and George Lott before losing to Christian Boussus. He played for his country in the Davis Cup between 1929 and 1936. He was a member of the British Davis Cup-winning team in 1933 and 1934.
Hughes had been the only British man to reach the singles final at the Italian championships, capturing the title in 1931 and runner-up the following year, until Andy Murray won the tournament in 2016. Hughes captured the doubles title in both those years too, when the tournament, in its infancy, was played in Milan.
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