Roland-Garros: Joe Salisbury wins the mixed doubles title alongside the American Desirae Krawczyk | Tennis News
Joe Salisbury ended Britain’s 39-year wait for a main draw title at Roland Garros when he teamed up with American Desirae Krawczyk to win the mixed doubles at Roland Garros on Thursday; the pair rallied from a set down to beat Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev
Last update: 10/21/21 3:12 PM
Joe Salisbury became Britain’s first Roland Garros champion in one of the Grand Slams for 39 years with a mixed doubles victory alongside American Desirae Krawczyk.
Salisbury and Krawczyk were knocked out in the last four but showed they fully deserve their place by beating Russian duo Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev 2-6 6-4 10-5 on Philippe Chatrier court.
This is a second Grand Slam title for Salisbury, who follows in the footsteps of John Lloyd, winner of the mixed doubles in 1982 with the Australian Wendy Turnbull at Roland Garros.
Salisbury and Krawcyzk looked stunned and, speaking to his partner, the Londoner said: “It’s been an amazing week for us and I don’t think we expected it but it was so much fun playing with you and thank you for carrying me. “
Vesnina and Karatsev were by far the better team in the first set, but Salisbury and Krawczyk kept pace with their opponents throughout the second, then took advantage when Karatsev suddenly came out of the boil.
Salisbury believed he served an ace to land it and he and Krawczyk sat down in their chairs to be called back to the pitch by referee Carlos Ramos, who had ruled the British player’s service canceled.
Salisbury argued vehemently with the Portuguese official and quickly served a double fault when play resumed, but kept his cool to clinch a third set point.
And Salisbury and Krawcyzk kept their momentum going during the tie-break, taking their first match point when Karatsev sent a wide return.
Salisbury had already won the men’s doubles trophy at the Australian Open last year with fellow American Rajeev Ram in Krawczyk’s first Slam title.
The 29-year-old later confirmed that he would not team up with Krawczyk at Wimbledon, instead preferring an all-British partnership with Harriet Dart for the turf Grand Slam.
“He abandoned me,” Krawczyk smirked.
âA few months ago I said I was probably going to play with a Briton for Wimbledon. I thought it would be nice to have a fully British partnership for Wimbledon. So unfortunately I gave her up for that. But I’m sure we will team up again afterwards, “Salisbury explained.” Maybe we’ll play together against us. “
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