Robots are already capable of playing badminton, ping pong, basketball, curling, many other sports. This robot from Robot Intelligence Lab, Imperial College London is capable of playing air hockey. It uses vision based Bayersian tracking to offer humanlike gameplay.
As Wevolver explains:
Vision-based Bayesian tracking of the puck and strikerare used in an Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)-based probabilistic tactical layer for high-speed perception. The tactical layer provides commands for an active control layer that controls the Cartesian positionand yaw angle of a custom end effector.