Welcome to this week's edition of "Hot Shots," a USOpen.org-curated look at what you may have missed on social media over the past seven days. This week, Tennis Twitter featured a puppy prank, a tennis-themed Western short and a heartfelt moment at the Monterrey Open.
Monday was April Fool’s Day, and the US Open got in on the fun by announcing that puppies would be added to the ball person team for the 2019 tournament. The post quickly went viral, tallying 70,000 likes and earning a shout-out on Good Morning America, among many other platforms.
Dog-loving tennis players and fans quickly chimed in with photos of their ready-for-action pups, wishing the news was not too good to be true. Among those interested in trying out for the job were John Isner’s dog, Magill; Borna Coric’s pet, Nala; Steve Johnson’s Chubbs; and Tracy Austin’s Charlie.
But there is only one tennis dog (that we know of) with her own Twitter account—Lady Kady Anderson, 2017 US Open finalist Kevin Anderson’s rescued Chi-weenie. A cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachschund, Lady Kady (pictured above) is raring to go.
“This better not be a joke,” replied @LadyKadyTweets, “because I’ve been training for this my whole life."
Keeping things light, the Monterrey Open released an old-school Western-inspired video, featuring Angelique Kerber and Feliciano Lopez trading the traditional weaponry for a tennis racquet and tennis balls. For both Kerber and Lopez, those same tools have proved effective on the court, as both are into the quarterfinals in Mexico at the WTA International and ATP Challenger event.
Lastly, on a more substantive note, we leave you with this video of defending Monterrey Open women’s singles champ Garbiñe Muguruza, who received a surprise from some young, local fans. The video, posted by WTA Español, is in Spanish, but the message comes through in any language. It’s just more proof that tennis—and inspiration—transcends words and culture. Be sure to check out part two of the video on Twitter.