PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03: Rajeev Ram of the United States and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain in action during their mens first round match against Salvatore Caruso of Italy and Davidovich Fokina of Spain during day five of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 03, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Salisbury and Ram runners up in Toronto

By Glenys Furness

  • Joe Salisbury, with Rajeev Ram – runners-up in Toronto
  • Third seeds James Davis & Ben Jones claimed the title in Israel
TORONTO, CANADA – Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were runners up in Toronto, James Davis & Ben Jones entered the ITF event and lifted the trophy.


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Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were third seeds in the ATP 1000 event in Toronto. As a result the Brit/American pair received a bye in the first round. In the second round Salisbury & Ram were against Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen. The Belgians stayed with the seeds and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker Gille & Vliegen eased through and took the lead. The second set saw the seeds fight back, breaking the Belgians and levelling up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was Salisbury & Ram that edged through to move into the next round 6-7 (3), 6-3, 12-10.

The quarter-final saw the seeds against unseeded pair Max Purcell & Andrey Rublev. The unseeded pair took the seeds by surprise and broke to take the lead. The second set saw Salisbury & Ram regroup, breaking Purcell & Rublev to level the match. The final set was a match tiebreak which the seeds eased through and took the match 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.

In the semi-final, Salisbury & Ram were against sixth seeds Kevin Krawietz & Tim Puetz. The third seeds didn’t have too much to worry about in this match. The Brit/American pair broke in both sets. This was the easiest match so far for the third seeds and they moved into the final in straight set 6-4, 6-4.

The final saw the seeds against Jean-Julien Rojer & Marcelo Arevalo-Gonzalez. The Brit/American struggled to get into the match though. In the first set Rojer & Arevalo-Gonzalez broke early and moved into the lead. The second set was total domination by the unseeded pair and they lifted the title 6-3, 6-1.


Challenger & ITF

In Israel Ben Jones & James Davis were third seeds in the ITF event. Their first round saw the Brits against Yair Sarouk & Ofek Shimanov. Jones & Davis broke early in the first set and took the lead. The second set was more of the same as Sarouk & Shimanov were unable to prevent the Brits breaking and taking the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

The quarter-final saw the seeds against Kazuma Kawachi & Issei Okamura. The Japanese players found the Brits too strong as Jones & Davis dominated from the outset Kawachi & Okamura were unable to do anything with the serve of the Brits and the seeds soon had the match wrapped up in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

In the semi-final the Brits were against unseeded pair Lior Goldenberg & Boris Pokotilov. The unseeded pair stayed with Jones & Davis in the first set, forcing a tiebreak which they edged to take the lead. The seeds regrouped in the second set and broke right at the end of the set to prevent a tiebreak and level up the match. The match tiebreak was edged by the Brits who moved into the final 6-7(4), 7-5, 10-7.

The final saw Jones & Davis were against second seeds Hamish Stewart & David Poljak. The Brit/Czech stayed with the Brits in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. However, the second seeds edged the breaker and took the lead. The second set was easier as the Brits broke Stewart & Poljak and lifted the trophy in straight sets 7-6(4), 6-4.



Doubles Round Up

Lloyd Glasspool with Harri Heliovaara were defeated by Mate Pavic & Hubert Hurkacz in the first round in Toronto 6-2, 7-5.

Neal Skupski with Wesley Koolhof were defeated by Mate Pavic & Hubert Hurkacz in the second round in Toronto 6-7(2), 7-6(2), 10-5.

Jamie Murray with Michael Venus were defeated by Rohan Bopanna & Matthew Ebden in the second round in Toronto 6-3, 6-3.

David Stevenson with Walker Steams were defeated by Kenta Miyoshi &  Karlis Ozolins in the first round in Southaven 6-3, 6-4.

Lui Maxted with Pranav Kumar were defeated by Patrick Harper & Shunsuke Mitsui in the quarter-final in Southaven 6-2, 6-3.

Emily Appleton with Isabelle Haverlag were defeated by Timea Babos & Anna Bondar in the quarter-final in Maspalomas Gran Canaria 6-3, 6-2.

Eden Silva with Valeriya Strakhova were defeated by Carolina Alves & Julia Riera in the final in Brasilia 6-2, 6-3.

Aryana Bartlett & Iman Khan were defeated by Gala Arangio & Caroline Brack in the quarter-final in Monastir 2-1 (RET).

Next Week Brits play in Cincinnati, Winnipeg, Grodzisk Matowiecki, Aldershot, Belgium, Tunisia, Stanford, Germany & Spain.