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    #1

    self-described

    ...Bobby Riggs, a fifty-five-year-old one-time Wimbledon champion turned self-described hustler and con man...

    What does it mean by "self-described hustler and con man"?
    He called himself a hustler and con man?
    He used to be a Wimbledon champion but then turned to be a hustler?

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    #2

    Re: self-described

    Yes, in both cases.

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    #3

    Re: self-described

    In this instance a hustler would be someone who convinces another person that he (the hustler) is not very good at some sport (golf, tennis, pool etc.) but is willing to wager on his poor skills. After the hustler lets his victim (usually called a mark) win the first few bets, the hustler offers to raise the bets. Once that happens, the hustler suddenly gets much better at the game and wins all of the mark's money.

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    #4

    Re: self-described

    Would 'self-confessed' be better?

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