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In Auckland, New Zealand, for the ASB Classic, Venus Williams was surprised to discover the ball boys were short, furry and four-legged. To top things off they fetched the netted balls with their mouths. Ewww…

The ball boys — or rather ball dogs — featured in the video are Ted, Oscar and Super Teddy.

Venus Williams adores the ball dogs at the ASB Classic in New Zealand


Aside from the saliva issue, the ball dogs will have to learn another trick or two before they can be considered a true threat to take over from their two-legged brethren. For example, are they able to sub in when the tennis player are too exhausted to continue?