LONDON, July 4, 2018 (News Wires) - On a tennis court in London, former British number one Tim Henman is training a somewhat unusual group of candidates to become ball boys and girls for a tournament in December - dogs.
The canines try to catch tennis balls as well as sit still as Henman lists the traits they need to succeed at the tryout to become “ball dogs”: “Lightning speed, endless endurance and good concentration”.
The dogs are being trained for the Dec. 6-9 Champions Tennis event held each year at London’s Royal Albert Hall with a host of veteran tennis names.
“Fingers crossed they will all be good enough to make the final cut and appear at this year’s Champions Tennis event,” Henman said.
“I’d love to play alongside them in December. The dogs’ enthusiasm and desire to fetch would certainly make it even more of a fantastic spectacle and no doubt they’d get more attention than the players.”
“Ball dogs” are not a novelty in tennis, with them already having appeared on court at the Brazil Open.
The dogs still have some training to do before organizers decide whether they will be working alongside the tournament’s ball boys and girls.
Running for more than 20 years, the Champions Tennis event features former Grand Slam winners and numbers ones, with the likes of Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe previously taking part.
Henman and Goran Ivanisevic are among those confirmed to participate this year.
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Roaming packs of feral dogs have killed six children in the last week in north India, terrifying villagers who have begun keeping their children home from school and killing any dogs they encounter. At least two dozen more children have been injured.
The killings have occurred in and around the town of Sitapur, said senior police officer Anand Kulkarni. Many of the attacks occurred when children were out gathering mangoes or when they left their homes to use outhouse toilets, he said. Many homes in the area lack indoor plumbing.
Twelve children between the ages 5 and 12 have been killed in dog attacks in the area since November, officials say.
It was not clear how many dogs were involved in the attacks, but India has millions of strays that wander the streets in even the most exclusive neighbourhoods. The feral dogs often survive on leftover food set in alleys for them, but also face relentless cruelty by people, and regularly fight other dogs over territory. While injuries from dog attacks are fairly common, a string of fatalities in one area is rare.
Some in the area believe the attacks began after a nearby illegal slaughterhouse was closed, making the dogs more aggressive after they were left without a major source of food.
Villagers say the dog packs are terrifying.
LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) — Tease, a Whippet from Scotland, won the top prize at Britain’s Crufts dog show in Birmingham yesterday.
The two-and-half-year old Hound breed, whose full name is Collooney Tartan Tease, beat six other finalists to be crowned best in show at the event, which began in 1891.
Owner Yvette Short from Edinburgh said Tease’s victory was “incredible”. “It’s just wonderful,” she said.
The best in show award was the culmination of the four-day event, which attracted almost 21,000 competitors, Crufts said.
The runner up was a Pointer called Chilli, the winner of the Gundog breeds category.