07/06/2012 03:46 pm ET

Dead Man's Wimbledon Bet On Roger Federer Could Benefit Oxfam International

An international charity will score if 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer ends up winning Wimbledon.

Oxfam International, a charity conglomerate that fights poverty and injustice around the world, could earn $154,790 through a bet placed on Federer years ago, Oxfam spokesman Louis Belanger told The Huffington Post.

In 2003, Nick Newlife of Oxfordshire, England, wagered about $2,000 that Federer would win seven Wimbledon titles by 2019, the BBC reports. His odds were 66/1.

Newlife died in 2009 and left the betting slip to Oxfam in his will.

Federer, 30, has already won six of his seven appearances in the Wimbledon finals. If he defeats Andy Murray in this Sunday's final, Federer will take the world's top tennis spot from last year's Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic, according to the Associated Press. He would tie Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles.

"There's obviously a lot on the line for me in terms of winning here, the all-time Grand Slam record, world No. 1," Federer told the AP. "I'm also going into that match with some pressure, but I'm excited about it. That's what I play for."

Numerous people have made Federer aware of Newlife's bet that could benefit Oxfam, according to the BBC.

Andrew Barton, head of relationship marketing for Oxfam, told the news outlet the charity is wishing the tennis champ all the best at Wimbledon.

"Legacies amount to 12 percent of our total income from individuals, so they're essential to us, and as this case proves they can come in all shapes and sizes," Barton said of Newlife's gift to Oxfam.

Newlife also left his estate to Oxfam when he died in 2009, the Telegraph reported. Cathy Ferrier, fundraising and supporter marketing director at Oxfam, told the news outlet they were grateful and the gift would help thousands around the world.

"For example, £500 [or $614] could provide 20 basics latrines, such as those sent by Oxfam after the Haiti earthquake, and £3,700 [or $4,545] could equip an entire special needs school with teaching and learning aids," she said.


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