It’s official, the Brazil Tennis Open has gone to the dogs. For the second year in a row, organizers of the tennis tournament will be welcoming in a group of eager canines to serve as “ball boys.”
The story gets even better because all the dogs involved have been rescued from abandonment — and now they’re looking for new homes.
“No matter their origin or age, when they are loved and fed properly [rescued dogs] can be wonderful companions. [They can] play, learn new things and accomplish great deeds,” organizer Madalena Spinazzola said in a press release. “What we want to show is not the stories suffered in the past, rather to prove that, regardless of what they’ve experienced, they can be great companions today and in the future!”
The dog’s primary job involves retrieving tennis balls when the tennis point is over. Except when the dogs catch the balls, unfortunately they have to give them back.
The exposure of dogs at a well-known tennis tournament will surely do wonders for the rescued dogs looking for their forever home. Last tournament, every dog who participated was ultimately adopted into a forever home — and with any luck, this year will be no different.
To check out highlights from the 2016 Brazil Tennis Open, click on the video below!