04302017

Tennis star Bouchard honours Super Bowl ‘date bet’

Eugenie Bouchard, left, poses for photographs with her blind date, John Goehrke, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball gameImage copyright
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Tennis pro Eugenie Bouchard met a 20-year-old student for a blind date in New York

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has honoured her promise to join a 20-year-old student for a date, after he won their Twitter wager over the US Super Bowl.

While the Atlanta Falcons were 21-0 ahead, Ms Bouchard predicted their victory online.

But when New England Patriots fan John Goehrke bet her a date that his team would triumph, she gamely accepted.

The Patriots duly mounted a nail-biting comeback in the game’s dying minutes.

Ms Bouchard, 22, clearly a woman of her word, tweeted a picture of herself and Mr Goehrke en route to a New York basketball game.

“Just met my ‘Super Bowl Twitter Date’ John. On our way to the @BrooklynNets game!” she wrote.

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Eugenie Bouchard tweeted a selfie with John Goehrke after he won their bet – and a date

The Montreal native had secured prime courtside seats for the encounter, where the Brooklyn Nets took on the Milwaukee Bucks.

Ms Bouchard is a one-time Wimbledon finalist who is currently 44th in the world tennis rankings.

She joked about her poor gambling form on the night of the Grammy’s, tweeting: “Not making any bets tonight!” with a laughing emoji.

Quarterback Tom Brady, who led the Patriots to a 34-28 win, described the Super Bowl clash as a “hell of a football game”.

Whether it sparked a historic love match too, fans will have to wait and see.

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Eugenie Bouchard is not the first famous face to prove a good sport in the dating stakes.

In 2011, actress Mila Kunis accompanied a US serviceman, Sgt Scott Moore, to a Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina after he asked her to be his date via a YouTube video.

The same trick worked on Justin Timberlake, who joined Cpl Kelsey de Santis at a Marine Corps ball in Virginia – and called it “one of the most moving evenings” of his life.

And singers Rihanna and Taylor Swift both made teenage dreams come true via the MTV show Once Upon a Prom – showing up as glamorous prom dates for two high school boys.

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