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Victoria Azarenka puts COVID vaccine ahead of tennis as she withdraws from Stuttgart

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Victoria Azarenka has revealed she is withdrawing from the Stuttgart Grand Prix event because it clashes with her COVID vaccine date.

Two time Australian Open Champion Azarenka tweeted her decision, saying that the clash was unfortunate, but that she was choosing to get the first dose of her vaccine instead of competing at the WTA 500 Event.

“I will unfortunately not be able to compete in Stuttgart at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix next week as I will be receiving my first dosis (sic) of the vaccine at the same time," said Azarenka.

Although the ATP and WTA have made it clear that Covid-19 vaccine shots won’t be mandatory in order to compete on the Tours, they have encouraged players to get vaccinated.

The ATP have gone a step further by introducing incentives for the male players to get vaccinated.

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Under updated Covid-19 protocols on the men's tour, players who have been vaccinated are no longer considered as close contacts of anyone testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

Azarenka follows world number three Simona Halep who went public in February getting photographed receiving the vaccine.

However, not all WTA players have been as vocal in their support of getting the vaccine. Both Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina have admitted they are hesitant and will wait a bit longer.

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