Dead Man’s Bet That Roger Federer Would Win 7 Wimbledon Titles Nets £101,840 For Oxfam

Nine years ago British tennis fan Nick Newlife wagered £1,520 (that’s pounds) at 66-1 odds that then 21-year-old Roger Federer, who had just won his first Wimbledon title, would win at least seven Wimbledon titles by 2019.

Newlife died in 2009 at the age of 69. He left the betting slip to Oxfam, a global confederation of organizations devoted to eradicating poverty and responding to famine.

Sunday, after Federer beat Andy Murray in four sets (ending Murray’s bid to become the first British man in 76 years to win at the All England Club) to take his seventh Wimbledon title, Oxfam cashed in the betting slip and added £101,840 to its coffers.

That is $157,749.85 in American dollars.

The late Nick Newlife’s faith in Roger Federer resulted in a handsome donation to Oxfam.

Gavin Cowan, a one-time neighbor of Newlife, told the Daily Mail that Newlife placed a series of long-term bets, intending to give the proceeds to charity.

Yesterday’s victory was Federer’s 17th career Grand Slam singles title. No one else has won more than 14. The win also put Federer atop the world rankings for a record-tying 286 weeks. He’ll break that tie with Pete Sampras next week.

Unwitting philanthropist Roger Federer won a record-tying seventh Wimbledon singles title yesterday. (Photo by REUTERS/Toby Melville)

“Oxfam celebrates £100,000 windfall after dead donor’s bet that Roger Federer would win seven Wimbledon titles finally pays out”—Daily Mail Online

About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.


  1. christinacena says:

    Incredible win by Federer. That was really an awesome match.Murray tried his best.But at last the champ shows his power.

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