For Players Who Earn Little, Fall of the Pound Leaves a Big Hole


Gerald Melzer said he would have made €1,000 more had his match not been delayed a day.

Christopher Levy

ROEHAMPTON, England — First, the rain fell. Hard. Then, the British pound fell. Harder.

Those successive events on Thursday and Friday, caused by clouds and then Britain’s voting to leave the European Union, washed away a chunk of the earnings of players who lost in the final round of Wimbledon qualifying. Play had been scheduled to finish Thursday, but it was postponed to Friday because of persistent rain.

Had the rain held off, allowing matches to finish as scheduled at the Bank of England Sports Grounds, the prize money, paid by Wimbledon in pounds, would have been transferred into players’ foreign checking accounts at significantly higher rates. The one-day delay saw the pound fall from a Thursday average of around $1.49 to $1.37 on Friday (bottoming out at $1.32 early Friday morning).

The plunge, which pushed the pound to its lowest value in 31 years, devalued a prize of 15,000 pounds for the losers that, when converted into American dollars, fell…

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