Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Federer could serve up Oxfam bonus

Roger Federer could win his seventh Wimbledon title this year
Roger Federer could win his seventh Wimbledon title this year

A gambler who died three years ago could win more than £100,000 for Oxfam if Roger Federer pulls off a seventh Wimbledon triumph.

Tennis fan Nick Newlife, from Oxford, bet £1,520 in 2003 on the Swiss winning seven titles, at 66/1.

Before he died in 2009, Mr Newlife left the bet to the charity in his will.

Graham Sharpe, from bookmaker William Hill, said: "Sadly Mr Newlife died in February 2009, aged 59, but willed the bet on to Oxfam who now stand to receive £101,840 as a result.

"Federer is 4/1 third favourite for this year's tournament despite not having won the event since 2009 - so he could yet prove a literal dead cert for the late Mr Newlife and Oxfam."

Oxfam spokesman Stuart Fowkes said: "Legacies amount to 10% of our total income from individuals, so they're essential to us, and as this case proves they can come in all shapes and sizes.

"It is very easy to make a will, and including Oxfam could leave a lasting legacy for those most in need."

William Hill are offering odds of 7/4 for Novak Djokovic to win at SW19, 2/1 for Rafael Nadal, 4/1 for Roger Federer and 6/1 for Andy Murray.

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