Horsham woman and assistance dog get key role in tennis event at Royal Albert Hall

Dog handler Ruth Comber from Horsham with Canine Partners assistance dog Warwick
Dog handler Ruth Comber from Horsham with Canine Partners assistance dog Warwick

A dog handler from Horsham is set to play a key role at the Champions Tennis event which will take place at The Royal Albert Hall from today.

Ruth Comber and her ‘ball-dog’ Warwick will be tasked with retrieving tennis balls for some of the biggest names in tennis, including former world number one John McEnroe and former British number one Tim Henman, as part of assistance dog charity Canine Partners’ ‘demonstration team,

Ruth said: “Warwick and I have been practicing ball retrieval in the house and garden as he loves bringing things back to me and he is very enthusiastic.

“He is a flat coated retriever so carrying something in his mouth is one of his favorite things, although it is usually a teddy!”

The demonstration team, who will also be meeting and greeting with some of the audience and showcasing some of the tasks the amazing dogs can do.

“We are looking forward to meeting some tennis legends and having fun on court,” continued Ruth.

“It will be our first time at The Royal Albert Hall too, so we can’t wait!”

The Champions Tennis event, which is taking place Thursday December 6 to Sunday December 9, includes Grand Slam Champions, former world number ones and national icons for a dazzling display of high quality tennis and entertainment.

Nicola Martin, CEO of Canine Partners, said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to get involved with Champions Tennis this year.

“Retrieving dropped items is just one of the hundreds of amazing things our dogs can do for people with disabilities.”

Canine Partners is a national charity that trains assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities, boosting their confidence and independence.

Visit caninepartners.org.uk for more information.