PARIS: Joe Salisbury ended Britain’s 39-year wait for a main draw title at the French Open when he combined with American Desirae Krawczyk to win the mixed doubles at Roland Garros on Thursday. Krawczyk and Salisbury rallied from a set down to beat the Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev 2-6 6-4 (10-5) to clinch the title on a sun-bathed Philippe Chatrier court. The Russians looked in control and broke their opponents’ serve twice in the opening set to take the lead, before Krawczyk and Salisbury converted their only breakpoint opportunity late in the second set to take the match into a deciding tie-break. They carried the momentum into the tie-break and opened up a 4-0 early lead, which was enough in the end. Britain’s last title at the claycourt Grand Slam had also come in mixed doubles when John Lloyd partnered with Australian Wendy Turnbull to win one of the five main draw titles in 1982. Mixed doubles, which features only at the four Grand Slams and is not played on the professional tours, was not played last year at Roland Garros due to the COVID-19 pandemic.