(Learned about this from my friend Yen Nguyen of Vietnam who's with Oxfam. Now, more than ever, we Federer fans have more reason to root for the Swiss maestro to win his seventh Wimbledon title this year.)
Tennis fan left everything to Oxfam – including an outstanding bet that Roger Federer would win a seventh Wimbledon title
* Helen Pidd
* guardian.co.uk, Sunday 20 June 2010 17.18 BST
A bet placed seven years ago by a man who left his estate to Oxfam will raise more than £100,000 for the charity – if Roger Federer wins Wimbledon for a record-breaking seventh time.
In 2003 Nicholas Newlife from Kidlington in Oxfordshire staked £1,520 with at odds of 66/1 for Federer to win seven Wimbledons before the year 2020. The Swiss player has won six Wimbledon singles titles, and a seventh will see the bet produce a payout of £101,840.
Newlife left his entire estate to Oxfam when he died in February 2009, aged 69, which included the outcomes of the series of outstanding bets he had placed with William Hill between 2000 and 2005.
One, worth £16,750, has already been claimed by Oxfam, after Newlife bet £250 that Federer would win at least 14 grand slam titles before 2020, at 66/1. The bookmakers paid out in March. Other bets are pinned on the future successes of another tennis player, Andy Roddick, and West Indian cricketer Ramnaresh Sarwan.
One bet placed £1,000 on Roddick to win at least seven grand slam singles titles before 2020 at 33/1, which would win £34,000 for Oxfam. Another placed £250 on Sarwan to make more than 9,000 test match runs by end of 2019 at 250/1. This would win £62,750.
Cathy Ferrier, fundraising and supporter marketing director at Oxfam, said: "We're enormously grateful to Mr Newlife for his generous gift, and will be keeping a close eye on Wimbledon as a result.
"Legacies amount to 10% of our total income from individuals, so they're essential, and as this case proves they can come in all shapes and sizes. It is easy to make a will and including Oxfam could leave a lasting legacy for those most in need."
Oxfam benefits from about 600 legacies a year, receiving around £10-11m.
Original link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/20/wimbledon-federer-oxfam-bet