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Brazilian Tennis Tournament Replaces Ball Boys With ‘Ball-Dogs’

Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly. The Fourth of July and fireworks. Dogs and tennis balls.

In an effort to promote the adoption of abandoned street dogs, the Brazil Open “hired” four-legged companions to replace ball boys in one exhibition match.

Four shelter mutts, who were once homeless in Sao Paulo, were trained to retrieve balls and bring them to Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain (the world’s 122nd ranked player) and Gastao Elias of Portugal (ranked 140th).

“These are dogs that were mistreated. We have to make them adapt, feel the environment, the court, the noise of the balls and the noise of the people. Some are doing well, others are still a little scared,” the dog’s trainer, Andrea Beckert, said. (Fox News)

The dogs served as ‘ball boys’ for about 30 minutes in one of the cutest tennis matches you will ever see.

“The idea is to show people that a well-fed and well-treated animal can be very happy. We have more than 1,000 dogs in our care,” event organizer, Marli Scaramella, said.

 

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As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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