A gambler who bet that tennis star Roger Federer would win the Wimbledon title seven days could get more than 100,000 from beyond the tomb.
Nick Newlife staked a wager of 1,520 on the Swiss genius to clinch seven Wimbledon singles’ titles at odds of 66/1 back in 2003.
The punter, from Oxford, died in February 2009 at age 59, denying him the chance of visiting his long-range wager come to fruition.
But coach Mr Newlife made structures in the event of his death by saying in his will that any proceeds from the outstanding bet ought to visit Oxfam.
The charity proceeds to receive #101,840 if 29-year-old Federer clinches his seventh Wimbledon singles triumph, William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said.
The wager states that Federer has to win a title by 2019.
Mr Sharpe said:’Federer has returned to top form in recent tournaments, losing just to Rafael Nadal in last week’s French Open and he is a leading contender for this season’s championship.
‘Nadal is 2/1 favourite, but Federer is 5/2 second favourite and he could nevertheless prove a literal dead cert for both Mr Newlife and Oxfam.’
Stuart Fowkes, from Oxfam, said:’Legacies sum to 10 per cent of our total earnings from individuals, so they are essential to people, and as this case proves that they can come in all sizes and shapes .’
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