April Fools' Day is a generally awful time to be online, with the internet filled with cringe-inducing pranks that usually aren't the least bit funny.
But, at least in the tennis realm, there were a couple of jokes this year that really caught on. For one, the US Open tweeted that it would be bringing on puppies as ballpeople for this year's tournament:
BREAKING: The US Open to add puppies to the ballperson team at the 2019 tournament for the first time.— US Open Tennis (@usopen) April 1, 2019
All breeds welcome. pic.twitter.com/Yu5ySEhriF
While lots of people were disappointed that the news wasn't real ...
april fools day is just mean https://t.co/83ScqOPuXA— Lana Berry (@Lana) April 1, 2019
Borna Coric, as well as Kevin Anderson's dog, Lady Kady, was happy to play along:
This better not be a joke because I’ve been training for this my whole life. https://t.co/Sc1IpcKPSi— Lady Kady Anderson (@LadyKadyTweets) April 1, 2019
Perhaps even crueler, though, others on Twitter started a rumor that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would be playing doubles together at the Madrid Open.
Ricky Dimon of The Grandstand even included a fake Federer quote alluding to retirement.
Federer announces doubles partnership with Nadal in Madrid for what is "probably my final season on clay" https://t.co/6JkGqe8ZaG— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) April 1, 2019
It's not enjoyable to get punked on April 1, but, if the US Open ever changes its mind and wants to make the people—and dogs—happy, it could always follow the lead of the Brazil Open, which has used actual dogs in exhibitions in the past.