World No. 150 Salvatore Caruso joked he might be the most famous lucky loser ever after replacing Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open main draw. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, lost his Australia visa appeal on Sunday.
After losing his visa appeal, Djokovic was withdrawn from the Australian Open and deported from the country. Djokovic was replaced by Caruso, who lost in the Australian Open qualifying final round. “Maybe now I’m the most famous lucky loser in the world," Caruso told Sky Sport, per Luca Fiorino.
Caruso set for a fourth Australian Open appearance
Caruso suffered first round losses at the Australian Open in 2018 and 2020, while he made the second round last year.
Caruso is set to face Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round. Meanwhile, Djokovic released a statement after losing his appeal. After losing his appeal, Djokovic released a statement. "I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement.
"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.
"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. "I'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love, I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.
"Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength for me."