Tribute: Joe Salisbury Becomes World’s No. 1 Doubles Player | ATP Tour

Briton Joe Salisbury climbed today 1 in the ATP Doubles Rankings, the top spot for passing Croatian Mate Pavic. The 29-year-old is the third man from Great Britain to reach ATP World No. 1, joining Andy Murray (singles) and Jamie Murray (doubles).

Salisbury has crafted a highly successful partnership with Rajeev Ram, the start of 2019, winning two Grand Slam championships and an ATP Masters 1000 crown. Now the eight-time tour-level titlist has the ultimate doubles achievement.

“It’s always been a goal,” Salisbury told ATPTour.com of World No. 1. “I think we’ve been focused on winning more than one team, winning Masters 1000s, winning Grand Slams. But it’s amazing for us. The No. 1 ranking is amazing. It’s a special moment. “

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It has been a long time coming for Salisbury, who was born into a tennis family. His parents Matthew and Carolyn played the sport, as did his brother Chris and sister Katie. It did not take Salisbury long to become involved, too.

“I could hit the ball whenever I wanted,” Salisbury said. “I remember using my brother a bit in the garden. We had a small garden and we put up a makehift net, put deck chairs up as the net, and we were quite young when we were in the garden playing mini tennis. I just loved playing. ”

The Briton began competing at a high level early, playing under-10 international tournaments. Salisbury would travel around Europe and try and hone his craft.

“I guess at that point you are always dreaming of the biggest tournaments. From that age, I wanted to be a professional tennis player, ”Salisbury said. “But at that point you’re not really thinking about it. You’re just enjoying competing and looking for the top prospects and wanting to play those tournaments. ”

His journey to the top hit a snag and his late teens. At 15, he contracted mononucleosis, which lingered for about a year. Separately, Salisbury is now 6’3 ”, but he was“ pretty small ”when he was younger. A one-foot growth spurt led to other injuries, including a lower back in a stress fracture. From the ages of 16 to 18, he barely competed.

Paul Goebel, head coach of men’s tennis at the University of Memphis, was in London and had a one-hour meeting with Salisbury at the National Tennis Center following an introduction.

“Honestly, talking about the hour [Joe]”I could tell he had the drive, the passion and the confidence in himself to take on the really big things,” Goebel said.

Salisbury decided to attend Memphis, where he was a student-athlete for four years. He ascended to No. 3 Doubles in the Country with David O’Hare, who has coached him on Tour. But perhaps the most memorable moment of Briton’s came in 2014, during his senior season. Salisbury and O’Hare received a wild card into the Memphis ATP 250 event, in which the teammates played doubles legends Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (see image below). The American Twins won 6-4, 6-3.

“I remember the excitement leading up to that, those guys we were going to play. “We’re having a good match. Very close,” Salisbury said. “I just remember the feeling of being out there and absolutely loved it. One of my favourite matches that I’ve played, even though we lost. Having the home support and all our teammates there as well [was great]. ”

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During his time at Salisbury Debate, Memphis would have turned professional after college. But ultimately, there was nothing else that drove him to tennis as much. That was always his main passion. Once on Tour, The Briton’s Big Breakthrough Came In 2018. As The World No. 80, he advanced to the Wimbledon semi-finals with 2012 champion Frederik Nielsen. Salisbury has not looked back since, and from the start of the 2019 he has competed with Ram.

Salisbury the 56th man to reach doubles 1, The Tandem in 2021 won the US Open, the ATP Masters 1000 event in Canada and advanced to the championship match at the Nitto ATP Finals.

“I feel like this ranking is indicative of Joe’s perseverance, work ethic, and attitude to always strive to improve. He really deserves it,” Ram told ATPTour.com. “It’s been a great year for him and the 2019 and I look forward to more great experiences in the future.”

Additionally, Salisbury lifted an ATP 250 trophy last season with Neal Skupski, who was quick to praise his friend.

“It’s an amazing achievement for him. He’s a good friend, I’m so happy for him to finally break in. 1 position. It just shows that work on and off the court does pay off. He really deserves to be at the top, ”Skupski said. “He’s got a great partnership with Rajeev Ram.

“Everyone’s goal is to get to No. 1. When you get there, everyone is looking up to you. The hardest thing now is to try and stay there. I’m sure Joe knows it’s not over and he’s going to put in the work. But it’s great to see a good friend.

It is difficult to fathom that just a decade ago, Salisbury was not entirely sure what his future held, and if professional tennis would be a part of it.

“I guess the time off is the kind of question I want to do or could do. That’s why I went to college, and after that I was sure if I wanted to keep playing, ”Salisbury said. “But part of me always wanted to see where I could get to.”

Now Salisbury is the No. 1 doubles player in the world.

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