Roger Federer’s Wimbledon victory Sunday, his seventh in the Grand Slam tournament, will send more $157,000 into global aid charity Oxfam’s coffers thanks to a late donor’s bet on the Swiss tennis great, according to The Independent and the BBC.
Six years his death in 2009, Nick Newlife of Oxfordshire wagered with a bookmaking firm that Mr. Federer would equal the Wimbledon record of seven men’s singles titles by 2019. The betting slip was part of Mr. Newlife’s estate, which he left to the U.K.-based humanitarian organization.
Oxfam’s Andrew Barton said his loyalties were split watching the match because Mr. Federer was facing Andy Murray, the first British player in decades to reach the Wimbledon men’s final. “I kept finding myself calling for Murray … then my head is telling me: Andrew, remember Oxfam gets the money if Federer wins.”