NEW YORK: Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard paid off her lost Super Bowl bet on Wednesday by joining blind date John Goehrke at a Brooklyn Nets NBA home game against Milwaukee.
Goehrke, a 20-year-old University of Missouri student and New England Patriots supporter, won his dream date with Bouchard, who turns 23 on February 25, thanks to the Patriots' record-setting rally to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 earlier this month.
The Montreal-born predicted an Atlanta triumph on Twitter with the Falcons ahead 21-0 and her suitor pitched a date if the Patriots rallied to win.
Bouchard agreed, only to then see Tom Brady lead the Patriots to a 34-28 comeback triumph.
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Bouchard, ranked 44th in the WTA rankings after a third-round run at the Australian Open, tweeted a photo of herself in a bikini Wednesday morning saying she was honored to have been included in the 2017 edition of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
She then tweeted:
On Wednesday night, she tweeted a two-person selfie photo with her date saying, "Just met my 'Super Bowl Twitter Date' John. On our way to the @BrooklynNets game!"
The two were sitting courtside, according to the New York Daily News.
Bouchard was confident enough in Atlanta’s victory on February 5 with a three-touchdown edge to start sending Twitter messages predicting victory.
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“I knew Atlanta would win btw,” she tweeted, later adding, “Just predicted the future.”
That prompted TW1, a Twitter identity sporting a photo of a man in a Cleveland Cavaliers NBA jersey, to tweet Bouchard with a longshot bid of his own.
"if patriots win we go on a date?" came the pitch.
"Sure," Bouchard replied, although she shot down a second such suitor with merely "C'mon..."
As the Patriots made their successful fightback, Bouchard was asked by another tweeter: "are you getting nervous?!? Lol."
"Umm...kinda...," she replied, adding later, "So...where do you live?"
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When the Patriots won the game, and their fifth title with Brady as quarterback, Bouchard could only manage letters: "Omfg."
"Lesson learned," Bouchard followed with later. "Never bet against Tom Brady."
Realising she had become a big deal in the Twitter-verse, Bouchard made it clear the next day she would pay off.
"Lol it made a Twitter moment," she tweeted. "And I will do it, I stay true to my word."