- Six dogs will be used to fetch balls on two days of the tournament
- The dogs were all abandoned
- Last year four dogs were used and they were all adopted
Four dogs from local shelters were showcased 12 months ago during the clay-court tournament in Brazil’s largest city — and all four were eventually adopted.
It was a barking good idea, then.
This time around, six canines ranging in age from four to 10 — Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha — will be fetching balls during the warmups on the semifinal and final days, March 4-5.
Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas is the two-time defending champion at the clay-court tournament, while nine-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal has also twice been a victor there.