A gambler who bet tennis star Roger Federer would win the Wimbledon title seven days could get more than 100,000 from beyond the grave.
Nick Newlife staked a bet of 1,520 about the Swiss genius to clinch seven Wimbledon singles’ titles in likelihood of 66/1 back in 2003.
The punter, from Oxford, expired in February 2009 in age 59, denying him the chance 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 should go to Oxfam.
The charity proceeds to get #101,840 if 29-year-old Federer clinches his seventh Wimbledon singles win, William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said.
The wager states that Federer must win a seventh title by 2019.
Mr Sharpe said:’Federer has returned to top form in recent championships, dropping just to Rafael Nadal in last week’s French Open and he’s a leading contender for this season’s championship.
‘Nadal is 2/1 favorite, but Federer is 5/2 second favourite and he could yet prove a dead cert for both Mr Newlife and Oxfam.’
Stuart Fowkes, from Oxfam, said:’Legacies amount to 10 percent of our total earnings from individuals, so they are essential to us, and as this case proves that they can come in all sizes and shapes ‘
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