CRC member Rajeev Ram (right) and Joe Salisbury (left) captured their first Grand Slam men’s doubles title at the 2020 Australian Open. The No. 11 seeds ended the dream run of Aussie wild cards Mac Purcell and Luke Saville 6-4, 6-2.
“I don’t think I thought when I asked you to play just over a year ago that we’d be standing here now, but it’s been an honour to play with you,” Salisbury said to Ram during the on-court trophy ceremony. “It’s been so much fun to have you as my partner and as my friend. Thank you so much for being the best partner I could get.”
The American-British pairing dropped just one set this fortnight en route to being the last team standing in Melbourne. Ram, 35, was rewarded for his perseverance after 16 years on Tour. Making his 58th Grand Slam doubles appearance, he broke the Open Era record for most attempts before winning a major men’s doubles championship. Ram won the mixed doubles title at this event last year (w/Krejcikova).
“To actually finally get one is great,” said Ram, who switched to playing doubles full-time in 2017. “But it doesn’t feel like it’s been the same level of intensity as it has been last three or four years.”