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Salisbury Loves Australia's Fun & Sun

Joe Salisbury consolidated his standing as one of the world’s best doubles players in 2019, breaking into the Top 20 for the first time and finishing the year at No. 22 after making his debut (with American Rajeev Ram) at the Nitto ATP Finals. He won titles in Dubai and Vienna.
After beginning last season by reaching the final at the Brisbane International, he’s hoping to reproduce that good early season form to help Great Britain make a deep run at the inaugural ATP Cup.
Which countrymen did you watch growing up?
I remember watching Tim Henman play at Wimbledon. It’s probably not a great memory for Tim but I remember him playing Ivanisevic when he was up two sets to one and they had the rain delay. Everyone was behind him, hoping he was going to get to the final. And obviously Andy Murray. It seems like I have been watching him for a long time.
If you could take a stroke from anyone on your team, what would that be?
It would have to be Andy’s returns. He is one of the best returners in the world. So if I could add that to my game, that would obviously be a big boost.
Who are the funniest guys on the team?
Andy likes to joke around a lot. He’s got a dry sense of humour. ‘Evo’ [Dan Evans} as well. He likes to have a laugh and a bit of banter. He’s definitely a bit of a louder character.
 
What are the things you love about Great Britain?
I like the people. We are very down to earth and honest, with a good sense of humour. I love London; it’s a great city although I’d like to give it a bit more sun.
What do you like about Australia?
Definitely the weather. I enjoy being in the sun. 2019 was my first visit. I went to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and they are all great places. I like to surf and did that a couple of times there. I love being by the sea and the beach.
What are the first three Australian animals that come to mind?
Kangaroo, koala and a shark.
Growing up, did you play team sports?
I loved all sports when I was younger and played a lot of them at school. I played football, cricket, rugby, squash, swimming. I always enjoyed being part of a team and that’s why I’m excited to be playing ATP Cup.
Source: ATP World Tour

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