Originally Posted by t135
I dont know anyone who plays badminton but I grew up on public tennis courts (free or cheap) and have known literally hundreds of players at all levels of the sport who did as well. And who continue to play on public courts (free or cheap). So the original question makes no sense to me. Golf is another story.
Same for me. Tennis is a cheap sport in America.
The costs come if you want to be seriously competitive and have to travel around to places to play in tournaments. This wouldn't be the case if three times as many people played the sport!
There are plenty of sports out there. You want an expensive sport, go polo. I would hazard mountain climbing is expensive, too.
Earlier poster talking about British origins makes me wonder if the whole idea of "organized sport" really only began in the 19th c. AD.