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"Stay inside silly": Nick Kyrgios takes a gentle swipe at former partner's quarantine photo

"Stay inside silly": Nick Kyrgios takes a gentle swipe at former partner's quarantine photo

There isn’t much to do during the global sporting shutdown, which is why many athletes are spending their time on social media.

And that includes Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios took to Instagram to send a cheeky message to a female tennis star.

The star’s former doubles partner Amanda Anisimova posted a photo of herself on Instagram at the beach, writing: “When your backyard is a beach #quarantine”.

Kyrgios saw the photo and commented: “Stay inside silly.”

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When your backyard is a beach #quarantine

A post shared by Amanda Kay Victoria (@amandaanisimova) on Mar 18, 2020 at 12:25pm PDT

The 24-year-old was referencing the fact that nearly a third of the world’s population is in lockdown, with governments urging the public to stay inside and only leave the house when absolutely necessary.

While he may have been joking, a number of other Instagram followers appeared to seriously question Anisimova’s actions.

Kyrgios and Anisimova have shared a special friendship for a long time, with the Aussie tennis player previously speaking about her before they played mixed doubles together.

“She’s an amazing person. I’m just looking forward to go out there and hopefully – I mean, she lost first round. I know it’s not going to be easy for her to be around the tournament,” he said.

“Hopefully I can get her up, bring some good vibes. Hopefully, we can do well. I think we can. She's an amazing player. I'm looking forward to it.

“I've been excited for this for like a month and a half. I'm like a little kid at the moment. I'm pretty excited.”