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Only nine players completed their matches as rain wiped out much of Tuesday’s schedule.

BBC Sport website on the US Open tennis tournament, August 30, 2017

What? Surely it takes two to play a singles tennis match? So how can an odd number complete their matches? The answer, of course, is that only nine matches were completed. The tiniest amount of thought would have prevented this stupid error, which was repeated in a picture caption:

Roger Federer (right) joined Rafael Nadal as one of only nine players to complete their matches on Tuesday

Apart from anything else, Federer and Nadal are two players, not one. I despair.

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