Tennis vs. BadmintonThe 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. Time: Tennis, 3 hours and 18 minutes. Badminton, 1 hour and 16 minutes. Ball/Shuttle in Play: Tennis, 18 minutes. Badminton, 37 minutes. Match Intensity*: Tennis, 9 percent. Badminton, 48 percent. Rallies: Tennis 299. Badminton, 146. Shots: Tennis, 1,004. Badminton, 1,972. Shots Per Rally: Tennis, 3.4. Badminton, 13.5. Distance Covered: Tennis, 2 miles. Badminton, 4 miles. Note that the badminton players competed for half the time, yet ran twice as far and hit nearly twice as many shots. *The actual time the ball/shuttle was in flight, divided by the length of the match. |

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