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'We will educate our players on the benefits of getting vaccinated,' say the WTA

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The WTA have vowed to 'educate their players' on the importance of COVID vaccinations, but will not make it compulsory.

Tennis has been badly affected by the pandemic due to the global nature of the sport and the amount of travel involved.

Prize money has also taken a big hit due to empty stands, and many players have expressed frustration with the 'bubble' system at events.

While some players such as Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka have come out in support of the vaccine, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka raised concerns, saying they had concerns over its safety and will not take it.

The WTA, however, say they see vaccinations as they key to restoring tennis to what it was before the pandemic, and they will look to educate players to encourage as big an uptake as possible.

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“The WTA believes in and will encourage everyone to get a vaccine,” they said in a statement.

“This will assist in protecting the individual that has received the vaccine, those who have not been vaccinated, and allow our world to move back to a place of normalcy that is desired by all.

“The WTA, with the full assistance of our medical advisors from the Mayo Clinic, have been and will continue to educate our players on the various vaccines along with the benefits of getting vaccinated.

“This being said, the WTA will not be requiring players to get a vaccine as this is a personal decision, and one which we respect.”

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