Dogs Replace Ball Boys in Brazil

Dogs Replace Ball Boys in Brazil

A novelty is gaining ground in Brazil as use of local rescue dogs instead of ball boys at the Brazil Open tennis tournament in São Paulo.

According to CNN, the ATP-sanctioned, clay-court event — one won by Rafael Nadal in 2005 and 2013 — is bringing in six abandoned dogs from rescues “Projeto Segunda Chance”  (Project Second Chance) and “Cão Sem Dono” (Dogs Without Owners) with the hope of having each of them adopted after the conclusion of play.

Last year, organizers used four ball-dogs and all four — Frida, Mel, Costela and Isabelle — were subsequently adopted.

“We want to show the public that dogs waiting for a home only need high-quality affection, care and nutrition,” Madalena Spinazzola, director of corporate marketing for Premier Pet dog food, remarked in a press release.

“No matter what their origin or age, when they are loved and fed properly can be wonderful companions, play, learn new things and accomplish great deeds.”

This year’s event, headlined by Pablo Carreño Busta and former French Open doubles champ Pablo Cuevas, begins on Feb. 27, with the semi finals and finals played on March 4 and 5, respectively.


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