Britain’s Joe Salisbury claimed his first Grand Slam title alongside American Rajeev Ram in the men’s doubles at the Australian Open.
Salisbury and Ram went into the final on Rod Laver Arena as the favourites against Australian wild cards Max Purcell and Luke Saville and justified that with a 6-4 6-2 victory.
Salisbury follows in the footsteps of Jamie Murray, who won this title in 2016 with Brazil’s Bruno Soares, and joins the Scot, 2012 Wimbledon champion Jonny Marray and Roger Taylor as the only British winners of Slam trophies in men’s doubles in the Open era.
British interest in doubles still centres on Murray but 27-year-old Londoner Salisbury has enjoyed a rapid rise to become the country’s leading exponent in the format following a surprise run to the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2018.
Kenin: I’m on cloud nine!Sky VIP – thousands of prizes this February including Premier League tickets, trips to Hollywood, Australia and more
Salisbury and Ram qualified for the ATP Finals together for the first time in November and this title will lift them to four and five in the world rankings, respectively.
They are not planning to stop there, with Salisbury saying: “We set some goals at the end of last year. One of them for this year as a team was to win a Grand Slam, the other one was to finish the year as the number one pair.”
Glandular fever affected Salisbury badly as a teenager but he still had hopes of making it as a singles player after going to college in the United States.
It was not until 2017 that he made the switch to doubles full-time, with his Wimbledon run the following year alongside Dane Frederik Nielsen proving a watershed moment.