It’s a date: Eu­ge­nie stays true to her Tweet­ing word

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Eu­ge­nie Bouchard is not one to re­nege on a bet.

The ten­nis star from West­mount, Que., went on a date with New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots fan John Goehrke Wed­nes­day night af­ter the two agreed to a bet over Twit­ter dur­ing Su­per Bowl LI.

Bouchard had tweeted that she “knew At­lanta would win” with the Fal­cons hold­ing a big lead over the Pa­tri­ots dur­ing the NFL’s cham­pi­onship game. The fan then asked her to go on a date if the Pa­tri­ots some­how ended up win­ning and in what must have seemed like a low-risk re­ply, Bouchard said, “sure.”

Af­ter New Eng­land came back to win 34-28 in over­time she tweeted: “Lesson learned. Never bet against Tom Brady.”

On Wed­nes­day, Bouchard fol­lowed through on the bet and tweeted a photo of the two of them in the back seat of a car with the cap­tion “Just met my ‘Su­per Bowl Twit­ter Date’ John. On our way to the @Brook­lynNets game!”

Bouchard later posted a video of her and her date sit­ting court­side as the Nets hosted the Mil­wau­kee Bucks.

“It’s go­ing great. He’s nor­mal. It’s awe­some,” Bouchard, stand­ing next to a smil­ing Goehrke, told the Yes Net­work at the game. “I was a lit­tle bit wor­ried be­cause his Twit­ter pro­file pic­ture was a pic­ture of Tiger Woods. So I was like, ‘Oh my God, he’s one of those su­per-fans. I don’t even know what he looks like.’ But he’s awe­some, such a sports fan.”

Bouchard, ranked 44th in the world, can now add swim­suit model to her re­sumé. She is part of Sports Il­lus­trated’s an­nual swim­suit edi­tion. She was in New York for Sports Il­lus­trated and de­cided on the bas­ket­ball game for the date be­cause it would be “prob­a­bly less awk­ward” than a one-on-one din­ner since they didn’t know each other.

FRANK FRANKLIN II, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Eu­ge­nie Bouchard walks the court with her date, John Goehrke, dur­ing the first half of the Brook­lyn Nets/Mil­wau­kee Bucks game Wed­nes­day. Bouchard agreed over Twit­ter to go on a date with Goehrke when she lost a Su­per Bowl bet with him.

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