When Roger Federer beat Britain’s Andy Murray on Sunday, you can bet there was some enthusiastic applause in the offices of Oxfam International.
The charity, which works to alleviate poverty all around the world, was the beneficiary of a $2,000 bet placed almost 10 years ago – and today worth more than $155,000. Back then, tennis-enthusiast Nick Newlife made a wager that Federer – then 21-year-old and winner of his first Wimbledon – would eventually go on to win six more before the year 2019.
Unfortunately, Newlife passed away in 2009 – but not before willing that his entire estate, including the betting slip – be donated to Oxfam.
“All of Oxfam have been cheering Federer’s progress for the past couple of weeks,” said Oxfam’s Andrew Barton to the AFP. ”The real hero, though, must be Mr Newlife, for his generous gift and his tremendous sporting acumen.”
A previous bet by Newlife, that Federer would win 14 grand slam titles by 2020 (he currently has 16), netted the charity nearly $26,000 in 2010.
According to Oxfam, this latest infusion of cash is enough to provide a month’s worth of food for 10,000 people hit by the food crisis in west Africa.
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