Victoria Azarenka will skip next week’s European clay season start at the Porsche event in Stuttgart to get a COVID-19 vaccination in the US.

The former No. 1 and 2012 finalist in Germany’s carmaking capital posted her decision in a tweet on Wednesday.

“I will unfortunately not be able to compete next week as I will be receiving my first dose of the vaccine at that time.

“I wish the tournament all the best for next week and hope to be able to compete next year.”

Azarenka did not play the event form 2013-2019, the last edition. Stuttgart would have been her fifth tournament of 2021.

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