Australian History For Putney's Joe Salisbury

Through to his first Grand Slam final with partner Rajeev Ram

image: Rajeev Ram (left) and Joe Salisbury (right)


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Putney's Joe Salisbury is through to his first Grand Slam final after he and American Rajeev Ram won their men's doubles semi-final at the Australian Open.

Seeded 11th they beat Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 4-6 6-3 6-4 on Margaret Court Arena. The decisive break was in the final set with the score board at 4-4, and Bublik served five double faults.

image: Roehampton Club

They will face Australian wildcards Luke Saville and Max Purcell in the final on Sunday (04:00 GMT) in the Rod Laver Arena - another first for Joe as he has never played on Centre Court in Wimbledon.

"There was more belief that we could go further," Salisbury said of his and Ram's run to the final in Melbourne. "I have more self-confidence and confidence in ourselves as a team."

Joe grew up in Putney and showed great promise when playing tennis on the courts in the Roehampton Club.

Marc Newey - Roehampton Club

Marc Newey, the CEO of Roehampton Club told PutneySW15: "Roehampton Club is very proud of Joe’s continued success as Britain’s highest ranked Doubles player. He has worked so hard over the last few years to reach the top level and Members will be setting their alarms to watch him live in the early hours of Sunday try and win a Grand Slam title. He and his family have been members here for many years and his success is testament to the fabulous coaching we offer here."

The first time Joe featured on this website Joe was the schoolboy who gave HRH the Queen a tennis racket when she opened the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton in 2007.

January 30, 2020

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