Ball Kids To Be Replaced With Ball Dogs At Major Tennis Tournament

For the first time in UK tennis history the traditional institution of the ball boys and girls has been abandoned for a furrier alternative.

Ball dogs will be stepping onto the court to fetch stray tennis balls at the Champions Tennis tournament Royal Albert Hall in London.

The dogs at the December tournament will be provided by the charity Canine Partners -- an organisation that provides specially trained assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. The presence of the dogs will shine a light on the incredible talents and training of service dogs and how they can make a real difference to people in need.

Dogs will be chasing balls at the Champions Tennis Tournament. Image: Getty Images.

"Retrieving dropped items is just one of the hundreds of amazing things our dogs can do for people with disabilities," Nicole Martin from Canine Partners said.

"Our specially trained dogs bring greater independence and quality of life to their partners, offering security, companionship and practical help with everyday household tasks."

Tennis legends playing at the event include John McEnroe, Mark Philippoussis, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Mansour Bahrami, Tim Henman and Tommy Haas.

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