Badminton vs. Tennis: The Debate Rages

The Endless Battle for Preeminence in Racquet Sports

Jake Reedholm and Omar Cruz

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Tennis

The popular sport of tennis is both fun and very competitive, where many athletes seek fame out of the sport.  Tennis, coached by English teacher Gary Jimenez, is a very popular choice for both boys and girls at Clairemont High School. The sport is also  played around the world and many tennis athletes build an incredible physique. Many compare this sport to its counterpart, badminton. They may say badminton is the better sport but they are incorrect.

 

Tennis is a game of power and intimidation. Those who play tennis are very aware of the power of fear. Many know if a player can intimidate their opponent they are more likely to make mistakes that will cost them the game.

 

Many tennis athletes build strong physiques not only to look intimidating but also perform better on the court. “Many tennis players are very big and strong, they can probably even play football as a linebacker,” shared CHS tennis coach Gary Jimenez. Tennis athletes, unlike badminton players,  require the strength and conditioning to strike the ball at high speeds and continue to run around the court for longer periods of time.

 

A badminton birdie is 10x lighter than a tennis ball, and some may believe it’s better for play,  but the fact is the lightweight instead it makes it unpredictable. This also turns the athletes into lightweights. Tennis balls are heavier which results in a more predictable path than a badminton birdie. Due to the weight of the ball the paths are predictable allowing for higher level of play for more competition.

 

One of the oldest and most prestigious championship tournaments in tennis, Wimbledon, has a potential prize of 30 million dollars for winning the tournament. Tennis can be played very competitively, leading to unbelievable amounts of money. On the other hand badminton players do not make as much for winning.  Most top players require some sort of financial aid to keep their game up. The topmost prestigious player will make a little over one million dollars. That’s a big amount of money, but only the top two or three player in the world manage to get this amount of money.

 

Tennis had build a community in society, accomplishing the creation of tennis shoes and not badminton shoes. When you have shoes, worn by many people, named after the sport then you did something right. Everyone loves tennis shoes but on the other hand no one is seen  wearing badminton shoes other than when they are playing the sport. Tennis also has a place in history, being the game of kings and queens. It’s even mentioned in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, written in 1604. Clearly tennis has a greater legacy.

Tennis and badminton are both racquet sports making them similar, with some little differences. The impact tennis has on society makes it the superior sport. If you want become a professional, tennis is your best option; overall the better sport.

 

Badminton

From the in-expensiveness, the demanding energy and stamina from the players (especially from Clairemont High School’s Badminton Coach Knuppel), to the striking speed of the ball/shuttle, Badminton is a better and cooler sport than tennis.

 

First off, the cost of the sport. Based off the popular website, Amazon, an average tennis racquet costs around $25, however badminton racquets cost as low as $8 for two. On top of this, a 12-pack of badminton shuttlecocks costs about $12, when name brand tennis balls, such as Penn, cost $25 for a pack of 12.

 

In addition, the speed that players can strike a shuttle compared to a tennis ball is much higher. It seems as though since a badminton shuttle is very light and flimsy in comparison to a heavy tennis ball, that the tennis ball would fly faster, however, it is quite the opposite. The fastest hit in badminton is 261.6 mph while the fastest tennis hit was only 163.4 mph, not nearly as fast as the shuttle.

Finally, many people may think that since a tennis court is much larger, it would take more energy to move around the court. However, seen in the 1985 All England Tennis championships the match lasted three hours and 18 minutes and the players ran two miles, while the 1985 World championships, for badminton, lasted less than half the time at one hour and 16 minutes and the players ran twice as much, running four miles.  In other words, even though a tennis match lasts much longer than a badminton match, the players from badminton are doing twice as much work. Badminton is the more demanding, less expensive, and overall the better sport compared to tennis.

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to “Badminton vs. Tennis: The Debate Rages”

  1. Coach Knuppel on April 27th, 2018 11:39 AM

    I do not really think that it is necessary to pick one sport (badminton/tennis) over the other, or debate over which may or not be the best. Each sport requires conditioning, speed, stamina, strength, muscular endurance, cardio-respiratory fitness, etc, etc.. It would be silly to suggest that any sport would not require these traits. Both sports have a fan base, and serve has a healthy alternative for all walks of life to pursue. The beauty of these sports is that they are considered lifetime participation activities. Sports that one can participate in well into their elderly years, and can enjoy at variety of competitive levels.

    I love participating (the best I can) in both of these sports, and respective them equally as well.

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