Italian Salvatore Caruso is indebted to the tennis gods aft an bonzer crook of events catapulted him into the men's Australian Open singles draw.
The national court's determination to uphold Novak Djokovic's visa cancellation means Caruso volition instrumentality the spot of the satellite No.1 successful the archetypal circular of the Australian Open, opening connected Monday.
That's contempt the 29-year-old having failed to suffice for the tourney via an Australian Open lead-up event.
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Caruso, ranked 150 successful the satellite and present being branded a 'lucky loser', volition conscionable Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic successful the archetypal circular of the Melbourne Park event.
Caruso was beaten successful the semi-finals of a lower-tier tourney successful the state Victorian municipality of Bendigo.
He was defeated successful the last circular of Australian Open qualifying by Taro Daniel and has ne'er had a higher fertile than 76 successful the world.
Kecmanovic is ranked 78 successful the world.
Djokovic's failed tribunal bid has boosted the Australian Open rubric chances of the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal, portion Aslan Karatsev is simply a acheronian horse.
Someone different than Djokovic volition triumph the Australian Open for the archetypal clip since Roger Federer claimed a 2nd rubric successful succession successful 2018.
The past clip idiosyncratic different than Djokovic oregon Federer won astatine Melbourne Park was erstwhile Stan Wawrinka was victorious successful 2014.
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