Monday 23 October 2017

Tennis star goes on date with student after losing Super Bowl Twitter bet

Eugenie Bouchard and John Goehrke during their date at an NBA game in Brooklyn
Eugenie Bouchard and John Goehrke during their date at an NBA game in Brooklyn

Callum Davis in New York

Tennis player Eugenie Bouchard has made good on her vow to go on a date with a university student after the pair agreed to a Twitter bet on the Super Bowl.

John Goehrke, who goes to school in Missouri, challenged Bouchard after the Canadian tennis player backed the Atlanta Falcons to win the Super Bowl ahead of the match in Houston. "If Patriots win [can] we go on a date?' Goehrke tweeted, to which the 'Sports Illustrated' cover star wrote, "sure".

Luckily for Mr Goehrke, the Patriots completed a miraculous comeback to win their fifth Super Bowl in 10 years in a dramatic over-time finish. True to her word, Bouchard tweeted a picture of herself on the way to a 'Sports Illustrated' swimwear photoshoot, writing "busy day with @si_swimsuit and then I'm going on a date!"

In scenes that will give teenagers around the world hope of one day fulfilling their schoolboy fantasies, Bouchard later tweeted a picture of the pair on their way to watch an NBA game.

"Just met my 'Super Bowl Twitter Date' John. On our way to the @BrooklynNets game!," Bouchard tweeted.

Earlier in the week, Mr Goerkhe had told the 'Kansas City Star' newspaper that he never believed the world number 44 would agree to the cheeky date request.

"I thought maybe there was a chance she would respond, but I thought there was no chance she'd actually agree to it," he said.

Bouchard admitted she was slightly apprehensive before the date. "After all the media attention it got, it was something I could, first of all, not back out of. There was no chance," Bouchard said. "But it turns out he seems to be a very nice boy."

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