Have you ever seen a French Hen or a Turtle Dove? And if you know what a partridge looks like, have you spotted one in a pear tree? With those unlikely sightings in mind and the holidays near, here is an attempt to recreate the tennis Twelve Days of Christmas, almost.
If you need a reference as you view the the slide show or just want to follow along , here is the list from the Twelve Days of Christmas.
- 12 Drummers Drumming
- Eleven Pipers Piping
- Ten Lords a Leaping
- Nine Ladies Dancing
- Eight Maids a Milking
- Seven Swans a Swimming
- Six Geese a Laying
- Five Golden Rings
- Four Calling Birds
- Three French Hens
- Two Turtle Doves
- and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
And to all tennis fans everywhere, Have a Merry Christmas!
12 Drummers Drumming
Just blink twelve times at tennis legend Thomas Muster playing drums during the Mercedes Cup Charity Players Night at Breuningers during the Mercedes Cup 2012 at the TC Weissenhof on July 14, 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Eleven Pipers Piping
If there was one piper seen at the wedding of Andy Murray and Kim Sears on April 11, 2015 in Dunblane, Scotland, there had to be others at ten Scottish weddings somewhere.
Ten Lords a Leaping
Lords are not much of a leaping lot but Gael Monfils of France often leaps and here is just one example as he jumps to hit a shot during a match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France.
Nine Ladies Dancing
Surely Djokovic has danced with at least eight other women. This year’s two number one players had plenty to dance about as they both had record seasons. Serena Williams of the United States and Novak Djokovic of Serbia dance on stage at the Champions Dinner at the Wimbledon Championships in London, England.
Eight Maids a Milking
Maids don’t tend to do much milking anymore or visit tennis matches but there are these maids of honor at former tennis star Boris Becker’s church wedding to Sharlely Kerssenberg in St Moritz, Switzerland
Seven Swans a Swimming
Since water is not generally near tennis courts, there is not much chance of swans but you get tennis pros Sam Querry, Juan Martin Del Porto of Argentina, Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, Ryan Harrison, Steve Johnson, and Feliciano Lopez of Spain swimming with the dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium ahead of the Miami Open
Six Geese a Laying
Geese are busy laying eggs so Novak Djokovic will have to settle for running with seagulls on the beach in Key Biscayne. Djokovic ran away from the rest of the field as the Serb won three Grand Slams and was one final match away from capturing the fourth.
Five Golden Rings
There will be rings and hopefully gold for Roger Federer as the Swiss champion attempts to add the finishing touch to his career at the 2016 summer Olympics in Brazil. Here are the Olympic Rings above Madureira Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Four Calling Birds
Every once in a while, random birds will call on tennis matches, but England has one special bird. Here
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets Rufus the hawk during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London, England
Three French Hens
Hens and tennis is not going to happen, but there are plenty of French tennis players in the top ranks.
The French team with their runners up medals, (L-R) Guy Forget, Julien Benneteau, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Michael Llodra, Gilles Simon and Arnaud Clement during day three of the Davis Cup Tennis Final at the Begrade Arena in Belgrade, Serbia.
Two Turtle Doves
Turtles and Doves go together just like these Roger Federer supporters holding up dove signs during the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.
Partridge in a Pear Tree
And yes there is a partridge in tennis. His name is Andy Partridge and not a pear tree in sight! And to all who made to the end of this list, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!