Tennis vs. Badminton

Statistics don't lie. The speed and the stamina required for badminton are far greater than for any other racket sport. At the 1985 All England (Tennis) Championships, Boris Becker defeated Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. At the 1985 World Badminton Championships in Calgary, Canada, Han Jian of China defeated Morten Frost of Denmark, 14-18, 15-10, 15-8. The following is a statistical comparison of those matches.
			Tennis			Badminton
Time:  			3 hrs & 18 mins  	1 hr & 16 mins
Ball/Shuttle in Play:  	18 mins  		37 mins
Match Intensity*:  	9 percent  		48 percent
Rallies:  		299  			146
Shots:  		1,004  			1,972
Shots Per Rally:  	3.4  			13.5
Distance Covered:  	2 miles  		4 miles
* The actual time the ball/shuttle was in flight, divided by the length of the match.

Note that the badminton players competed for half the time, yet ran twice as far and hit nearly twice as many shots.

--From "Badminton Facts".