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 on the Swiss ace to clinch seven Wimbledon singles’ titles in likelihood 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 bet come to fruition.
But coach Mr Newlife made arrangements in the event of his death by saying in his will that any profits from the outstanding bet should go to Oxfam.
The charity stands to get #101,840 if 29-year-old Federer clinches his seventh Wimbledon singles triumph, William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said.
The bet says that Federer must win a title by 2019.
Mr Sharpe said:’Federer has returned to top form in recent tournaments, losing only to Rafael Nadal in last week’s French Open and he is a leading contender for this year’s championship.
‘Nadal is 2/1 favourite, but Federer is 5/2 second favorite and he could yet prove a literal dead cert for both Mr Newlife and Oxfam.’
Stuart Fowkes, from Oxfam, said:’Legacies amount to 10 per cent of our total income from individuals, so they’re crucial to us, and as this case demonstrates they can come in many shapes and sizes’
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