A gambler who bet that tennis star Roger Federer would win the Wimbledon title seven times could receive more than #100,000 from beyond the tomb.
Nick Newlife staked a bet of #1,520 about the Swiss genius to clinch seven Wimbledon singles’ names in odds of 66/1 back in 2003.
The punter, from Oxford, expired in February 2009 in the age of 59, denying him the prospect of visiting his long-range wager come to fruition.
But bachelor Mr Newlife made arrangements in the event of his passing by stating in his will that some profits from the outstanding bet ought to go to Oxfam.
The charity stands to receive #101,840 if 29-year-old Federer clinches his seventh Wimbledon singles win, William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said.
The bet states that Federer has to win a title by 2019.
Mr Sharpe said:’Federer has returned to top form in recent championships, dropping only to Rafael Nadal in last week’s French Open and he is a major contender for this season’s championship.
‘Nadal is 2/1 favourite, but Federer is 5/2 second favorite and he could yet prove a literal dead cert for Mr Newlife and Oxfam.’
Stuart Fowkes, from Oxfam, said:’Legacies sum to 10 percent of our total income from people, so they’re essential to us, and as this case proves that they can come in many sizes and shapes ‘
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