Bouchard pays off blind date bet at NBA game

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Cana­dian tennis star Eu­ge­nie Bouchard paid off her lost Su­per Bowl bet Wed­nes­day ( Thurs­day in Manila) 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 blonde 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.

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: “Busy day with @ si_ swim­suit and then tonight... I’m go­ing on a date” with a wink­ing emoji.

On Wed­nes­day night, she tweeted a twop­er­son 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.

“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?”

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.”

Re­al­iz­ing 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.

AFP PHOTO

Cana­dian tennis star Eu­ge­nie Bouchard

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