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Given that he lodges at his sister's flat in Peckham, Joe Salisbury will not have a long commute to London's 02 Arena next week.

Britain's unlikely sole representative at the ATP Finals does not have the big house in Surrey or bijou flat in South West London that is handy for Wimbledon.

Salisbury beds down at his sister's place when not away on tour, in keeping with the impecunious lifestyle of many who play their trade on the doubles circuit.

Joe Salisbury will be the only Brit at the 02 and will partner up with American Rajeev Ram

Joe Salisbury will be the only Brit at the 02 and will partner up with American Rajeev Ram

Times are, however, changing for the 27 year-old – originally from Putney – who will emerge blinking into the spotlight at the 17,000-seater arena.

A career surge that began at Wimbledon last year has seen him and American partner Rajeev Ram qualify for the 8-team season finals, which will be without a member of the Murray family for the first time since 2013.

Until the middle of last year Salisbury was virtually unknown even within tennis, his development held back by injuries and sporadic attacks of glandular fever.

He has never played in the Davis Cup for Great Britain, and only in September turned out for Roehampton in the national club championships. He can, though, boast over £400,000 in prize money earnings this season after he and Ram bolted to two ATP titles.

It has been a triumph of persistence for Salisbury, who became mathematically certain of his place during last week's Paris Masters.

'I left school after GCSEs to concentrate on trying to make it as a player but it didn't work out because I got glandular fever and a lot of injuries, so between 16 and 18, so I didn't end up playing much and did two A levels,' he says.

Salisbury and Ram deliberate their tactics during a match at the Paris Masters last week

Salisbury and Ram deliberate their tactics during a match at the Paris Masters last week

The pair move close to the net as they face off against Nicholas Mahut and Roger-Vasselin

The pair move close to the net as they face off against Nicholas Mahut and Roger-Vasselin

'After that I went to the University of Memphis. It's a bit off the beaten track but the tennis was good there. It took me three years to visit Elvis's house but I finally got round to it when my family came to visit.'

After graduating he tried to make it in singles, but found it hard to get much beyond the

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