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Bet on Federer earns 100,000 pnds for charity

A bet placed on Wimbledon champion Roger Federer nearly a decade ago has earned more than 100,000 pounds for Oxfam.

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Nick Newlife from Oxfordshire, who was sure that that the Swiss tennis star would win seven Wimbledon titles by 2019, placed the bet in 2003.Newlife died in 2009, but had left the betting slip to Oxfam in his will.Federer’s defeat of Britain’s Andy Murray in Sunday’s Wimbledon final means the charity will now collect a payout from William Hill of 101,840 pounds.Andrew Barton, from Oxfam, told BBC Radio 5 live that it had been a difficult match to watch because his loyalties were split.”It’s just so unfortunate that he nailed it against Andy Murray. I was just sitting there watching the tennis and I kept finding myself calling for Murray, particularly in that long game in the third set,” he said.”And then my head is telling me – Andrew, remember Oxfam gets the money if Federer wins,” he said.William Hill said it had already paid out 16,750 pounds to Oxfam from another bet placed by Newlife, of 250 pounds at 66/1, that Federer would win 14 Grand Slam events.


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