Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Federer could serve up Oxfam bonus

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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