The Australian Open starts on Monday.

World star Novak Djokovic will not come into play.

After a prolonged soup, the Serb is thrown out of Australia.

"I am extremely disappointed," Djokovic said in a statement.

He would have met compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic - according to the draw made earlier this week.

That will not be the case.

"Sorry for him"

Instead, the 150-ranked Italian Salvatore Caruso gets a place in the tournament.

He lost in the qualifying final, but now gets a chance as a "lucky loser".

- I am the world's most famous lucky loser now, Caruso says to Sky Sports.

He continues:

- I have not followed the Djokovic case very closely.

I'm here to play tennis.

But I'm sorry for him.

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