Is there anything that Roger Federer can't do?
Not only has the tennis superstar reclaimed the top spot in the world tennis rankings at age 30 by virtue of his most recent Wimbledon triumph, but he has also proven to be quite a good investment.
By winning his seventh career singles title at Wimbledon, Federer forced sportsbook William Hill to pay more than $150,000 to Oxfam.
According to the BBC, Nicholas Newlife placed a bet at 66/1 odds in 2003 that Federer would win seven Wimbledon titles by 2019. For context, Federer finished 2003 with just one grand slam title on his resume. It was his first career Wimbledon title. In the years since, Federer has won six more times at the All England Club, tying him for the most all-time wins. Needless to say, Oxfam made no secret that it was rooting for Federer as he went for his record-tying seventh win, which came over Andy Murray.
Newlife contacted William Hill and requested the Federer bet, according to the BBC. A representative for the bookmaker has since described the request as "unique." According to the Daily Mail, Newlife was a "recluse and asked neighbours to place bets for him."
This isn't even the first payout that Federer has won for Oxfam. According to Oxfam, Newlife also wagered that Federer would win 14 grand slam titles by 2020. With his career tally at 17 after his most recent Wimbledon triumph, Fed futures again turned out to be a wise choice.
In both cases, Newlife more or less bet that Federer was about to become one of the most dominant players in the history of tennis. The graceful Swiss star obliged. Newlife passed away in 2009, leaving the bets to Oxfam.
Oxfam International is dedicated to "build a future free from the injustice of poverty." It should also be an organization full of Federer fans.
These outstanding sports bets are not the only unusual items bequeathed to the aid organizations over the years. According to Oxfam's website, committed individuals have left items ranging from a dentist's chair to a letter written by Florence Nightingale.
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