April Fools’ Day is a most infuriating day.
It’s the one day of the year when people seem to actually fact check and exercise care with what they endorse, like or retweet.
It’s April 1st, the one day a year when people intentionally practice information literacy and double check their sources before clicking “like” or “repost.”— John Spencer (@spencerideas) April 1, 2019
It’s also the day the U.S. Open decided to fool its entire Twitter following with an April Fools’ Day prank of its own. It didn’t go over well. You see, this prank involved puppies. (A word to the wise: Don’t f*ck with people and their puppies. Ever.)
The announcement was cute and simple enough:
BREAKING: The US Open to add puppies to the ballperson team at the 2019 tournament for the first time. All breeds welcome.
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
People actually began submitting pictures of their dogs for consideration. And prepping their resumes.
please hire foxy.— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) April 1, 2019
she’s a retired veteran after serving the deaf community for 11 years. she knows over 50 signs including Rafael Nadal’s name sign (she secretly likes him and she might flirt but please hire k thanks bye) pic.twitter.com/ImAWhOPt33
Nugget’s already started training. He’s ready. pic.twitter.com/JfMWCAZJgl— Colin Mac (@colinmac16) April 1, 2019
Plz consider Khaleesi. She can’t really grab a tennis ball nor is she likely to even go get it. But she is very good pic.twitter.com/zHw3EYcThv— Tejus K (@itssocontejus) April 1, 2019
But soon people became upset by the announcement—don’t toy with us!
This should not be an April Fools joke, make it happen because puppies!— Carolina (@IamaTarHeel) April 1, 2019
This shouldn't be on #AprilFools but a reality!— Abhishek Joshi (@kaalicharan) April 1, 2019
And while we are at it, how about making this opportunity exclusive for shelter dogs so that they get another chance to find a loving home.
Now that would be 'love all'! 🐾🙏🐕
April Fool’s but good Lord this is a home run and needs to happen ASAP. Partner with a dog rescue and draw eyeballs while encouraging donations to a good cause.— Trevor Lane (@Trevor_Lane) April 1, 2019
DONT JOKE ABOUT SUCH A BRILLIANT IDEA— Phil Loftus (@loftusphil) April 1, 2019
you joke but i would totally start to watch tennis if this happened— MY DRILL MY SOUL! (@JuanMBlois) April 1, 2019
Don’t be this way, U.S. Open. Some of us are dying to see this become a reality.
In the meantime, maybe you ought to get your dog in training with its own automatic ball throwing machine!