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10th July 2017

By Karen Pickwick



Pets at Home held a tennis ball amnesty on Saturday to celebrate the first weekend of Wimbledon.

The pet retailer invited owners and their dogs to take their old, slobbery tennis balls into its stores to dispose of them – and receive a free new one in return. And customers who took part in the amnesty were encouraged to shout the classic umpire catchphrase, “New balls please”, on discarding their old tennis ball dog toy.

Great Britain’s Andy Murray, who plays Benoit Paire, of France on Centre Court today, admitted to Pets at Home’s My VIP magazine that Rusty, his dog, ‘is a tennis ball destroyer and gets through a lot of them’ so his presence courtside isn’t always productive for Andy’s training, who instead Skypes his dogs while he is away on tour.

Peter Pritchard, CEO of retail at Pets at Home, said: “We are all rooting for Andy to secure another Grand Slam and to celebrate the first weekend of Wimbledon we are urging owners to exchange those old balls for a brand new, less slobbery one, so that those Wimbledon fanatic dogs can be more…Wimbledog!”