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Salisbury wins historic doubles titles


Joe Salisbury has become the first Briton to win two doubles titles at a Grand Slam in the Open era after claiming the mixed doubles title at the US Open a day after winning the men’s doubles.

At Flushing Meadows, Salisbury and American partner Desirae Krawczyk defeated Mexico’s Giuliana Olmos and El Salvador’s Marcelo Arevalo 7-5 6-2.

This season, the pair had already won the French Open, and Krawczyk had also won at Wimbledon with another Briton, Neal Skupski.

While another Brit, Emma Raducanu, is receiving a lot of attention in the women’s singles, Salisbury now has four Grand Slam titles to his name.

He stated: “It’s been a fantastic couple of weeks. It’s been a lot of fun. I could never have imagined coming away with two titles.”

Salisbury and Krawczyk were the second seeds, while Arevalo was playing in his first Grand Slam mixed doubles match, but he and Olmos had upset the top seeds in the first round.

Salisbury faced five break points in two service games in the first set, but his opponents failed to convert any of them and were broken to lose the first set 7-5.

Salisbury and Krawczyk broke at the start of the second set and won in regulation for their second title this year.

Salisbury leaves the US Open with £300,000 ($410,000) in prize money after winning the men’s doubles with US partner Rajeev Ram on Friday.

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