Fetch! Canines play role of ‘ball dogs’ at London tennis event

LONDON: Hattie, Tina and Melvin performed a special sort of sport of fetch on Thursday when the canines took to a London court docket for the opening of the Champions Tennis event – working alongside ball girls and boys.

Arriving on court docket to the sound of the music “Who Let the Canine Out”, the canines drew cheers and applause from the viewers as they helped retrieve stray balls in a doubles match between gamers Mansour Bahrami, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Henri Leconte and Mikael Pernfors.

Hattie, Tina and Melvin had been supplied for the occasion by the charity Canine Companions, which trains canines to assist folks with disabilities, and needed to study new abilities for the job.

“Usually they’re used to choosing issues up throughout the job that we use them for, so we could drop pens and inhalers they usually’re used to retrieving issues for us, however we don’t usually use an terrible lot of tennis balls,” Canine Companions Aftercare Supervisor Claire Anthony mentioned.

“We’ve been going to plenty of tennis courts and dealing round self-control round folks enjoying tennis after which retrieving balls and towels.”

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Former British primary Tim Henman helped prepare the canines for the Dec. 6-9 event, which is held yearly at London’s Royal Albert Corridor with loads of the game’s veteran gamers taking to the court docket.

“What do they are saying about working with animals and kids? Don’t do it,” Henman joked at a information convention beforehand.

“Ball canines” aren’t new in tennis, with some canines having already appeared on court docket on the Brazil Open.

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