Roger Federer and the dead cert?
William Hill are set to pay £101,840 to Oxfam if Roger Federer wins this summer's Wimbledon title - after a deceased gambler left a string of bets to the charity - in his will!
Nick Newlife from Oxford took out a series of bets on Federer, Andy Roddick and West Indian cricketer Ramnaresh Sarwan, and if all of them come off Oxfam will benefit to the tune of a third of a million poiunds.
'Mr Newlife passed away at the age of 69, leaving behind a string of potentially very profitable sporting bets, which he will to Oxfam' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
"He (Mr Newlife) was clearly a very shrewd sporting gambler whose early identification of potential superstars won tens of thousands of pounds for himself while he was still alive - but to ensure that a respected charity would benefit from any bets which came to fruition after his death makes him unprecedented in my thirty year experience of the betting industry. Roger Federer is already 6/4 hot favourite to win this summer's Wimbledon and I fully expect to be handing over a six figure [£101, 840] cheque to Oxfam when he does so."The outstanding bets placed by Mr Newlife that could still come off are:
•£1520 on Federer to win Wimbledon men's singles at least 7 times before 2020 at 66/1 - this would win £101,840 for Oxfam this summer if he comes out on top at this summer's Wimbledon.
•£1,000 on Andy Roddick to win at least 7 grand slam singles titles before 2020 at 33/1 - this would win £34,000 for Oxfam.
•£750 on Andy Roddick to win at least 10 grand slam singles titles before 2020 at 100/1 - this would win £75,075 for Oxfam.
•£350 on Ramnaresh Sarwan to make over 7,000 test match runs by end of 2019 at 50/1 - this would win £17,850.
•£300 on Ramnaresh Sarwan to make more than 8,000 test match runs by end of 2019 at 100/1 - this would win £30,300.
•£250 on Ramnaresh Sarwan to make more than 9,000 test match runs by end of 2019 at 250/1 - this would win £62,750.