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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO - “Is there an ear, nose and throat specialist in the house?” This was the medic the Fat Lady desperately needed at Court Eighteen of Wimbledon last week, and (fortunately for the record books) she couldn’t find one anywhere in the crowd.

We hasten to explain. Normally, tennis sets last until someone wins six games, but if it’s tied 6-6 you have a tie-break procedure. At Wimbledon, however, if the match goes to five sets, no tie-break is allowed in the final set. Someone must win by two games . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.