World No. 3 Dominic Thiem has taken a cheeky swipe at Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios as backlash from the controversial Adria Tour continues.

Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic organised a charity event in Serbia and Croatia, with no social distancing measures observed at matches.

Djokovic — along with professional tennis players Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki — tested positive for the coronavirus, revealing the news after he was filmed dancing topless at a nightclub in Belgrade.

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Kyrgios was an outspoken critic of the World No. 1, shaming Djokovic for his “irresponsible” behaviour.

“Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the ‘exhibition’, speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols,” Kyrgios tweeted in June.

“This IS NOT A JOKE.”

Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena both contracted COVID-19.Source: AFP

The Australian also took aim at Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who was filmed dancing in a bar days after he promised to self-isolate.

“Sascha Zverev again, man. Again, again, how selfish can you be?” Kyrgios said last month. P***ing me off. This tennis world is p***ing me off, seriously. How selfish can you all get?”

More recently, Kyrgios butted heads with German tennis great Boris Becker in a heated debate on Twitter.

“It’s a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done, I’ll call him out for it. Simple,” he said.

Despite copping global condemnation for his involvement with the Adria Tour, Thiem continued to defend the tournament this week, and couldn’t resist taking a swipe at Kyrgios.

“It was unfair to him (Djokovic) because he didn’t break any law and he didn’t force us,” Thiem told CNN Sport.

“It was our own decision. The whole event was for a very good cause as well.

“It was obviously a mistake from everybody but it’s a long time ago now really and everybody who got positive there is healthy again, which is a very good sign as well.

“In reality, we saw happy fans, we saw happy kids and then we kind of forgot to keep the distance, to not take pictures, to not hug the kids and it was a mistake.

“Certain comments, especially from Australia, are very unnecessary”.

Dominic Thiem lost the 2020 Australian Open men’s singles final to Novak Djokovic.Source: AFP

Djokovic remains adamant the Adria Tour complied with local social distancing regulations, and considered any “malicious” criticism to be unjust.

“I can only see criticism lately and much of it is malicious,” Djokovic told Sportski Zurnal earlier this month.

“It’s obviously more than just criticism, it’s like an agenda and a witch hunt are on. Someone has to take the fall, a big name.

“My intention was pure, I was wholeheartedly committed to organising a humanitarian event to help players and tennis federations in the region. We complied with all the laws and regulations. But we’ve learned our lessons and some things could have probably been done in a different way.”



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