The US Open played with dog lovers heart's this year when they tweeted that puppies would have a prominent role in this year's tournament

By Maria Pasquini
April 01, 2019 05:32 PM
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Always be wary of announcements that get made on April 1 — especially if they involve adorable puppies!

On Monday, a.k.a. April Fools’ Day, the US Open made a big announcement on their official Twitter page, sharing that for the first time ever, the annual tennis tournament was going to employ dogs as ball retrievers.

“BREAKING: The US Open to add puppies to the ballperson team at the 2019 tournament for the first time. All breeds welcome,” the US Open announced, including an adorable photo of a tiny puppy chasing after a tennis ball on the court.

Of course, many Twitter users began posting photos and videos of their own adorable canines, asking that the pooches be considered for the job, while others lamented that the announcement wasn’t for real.

This is not funny. My hopes were up!” wrote one user, while another added that it was a shame “this is a joke, because I may have actually started to watch tennis.”

Although the announcement wasn’t real, it wouldn’t be unheard of for dogs to be trained to act as ball retrievers for big tournaments.

Since 2016, shelter dogs from Sao Paulo have been specifically trained to take the place of the usual ball girls and boys at the Brazil Open. Best of all, after the precious pooches fulfill their official duties, they’re available for adoption!

The year the program began, four dogs were trained for the same program, and all four were adopted — one was even renamed Serena, after tennis star Serena Williams.

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Of course, tennis isn’t the only sport dogs can help out with.

In 2017, the world was introduced to Jake the Diamond Dog, described on Facebook as “the best darn dog in professional baseball.”

The gorgeous golden retriever travels to ballparks across the United States, pitching in on the field by performing simple tasks, like delivering water to the umpire or fetching bats.

In a viral video shared on Twitter by ABC sports anchor Zach Groth, the pup proudly carries a basket of water in his mouth to someone in need at a minor league baseball game in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The dog’s trainer, Jeff “Dawg Man” Marchal, previously told PEOPLE that among the dog’s favorite things are “shagging foul balls, chasing Frisbees and getting tons of attention from professional baseball players.”