Tennis: Bouchard 'pays out' after losing Super Bowl bet

World No. 44 tennis player Eugenie Bouchard taking a selfie with her blind date John Goehrke. She posted this picture in a tweet with a message that read: "Just met my 'Super Bowl Twitter Date' John. On our way to the @BrooklynNets game! @punslayintw
World No. 44 tennis player Eugenie Bouchard taking a selfie with her blind date John Goehrke. She posted this picture in a tweet with a message that read: "Just met my 'Super Bowl Twitter Date' John. On our way to the @BrooklynNets game! @punslayintwoods".PHOTO: TWITTER/GENIEBOUCHARD

NEW YORK • Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard paid off her lost Super Bowl bet on Wednesday by joining blind date John Goehrke at a Brooklyn Nets National Basketball Association (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 Feb 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 came back 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 on Wednesday morning saying she was honoured to have been included in this year's 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.

DIPPING HER TOES IN THE WATER

Busy day with @si-swimsuit and then tonight... I'm going on a date

EUGENIE BOUCHARD , the 2014 Wimbledon finalist, tweeting her schedule on Wednesday. She is in this year's edition of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

BIGGEST SURPRISE TO DATE

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

JOHN GOEHRKE, University of Missouri student , 20, reveals his thought process when he asked Bouchard over Twitter if she would go on a date if the Patriots rallied to win the Super Bowl.

On Wednesday night, the Canadian 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. The Bucks won 129-125.

With Atlanta holding a three-touchdown edge, Bouchard was confident enough in a Hawks win on Feb 5 to start sending Twitter messages predicting victory.

"I knew Atlanta would win btw," the 2014 Wimbledon finalist 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?" he asked.

"Sure," she replied, although she shot down a second such suitor with merely "C'mon..."

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."

Goehrke told the Kansas City Star last week: "I just thought to myself, it's not over.

"That idea kind of just popped in my head, so I went through with it.

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

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2017, with the headline 'Bouchard 'pays out' after losing Super Bowl bet'. Print Edition | Subscribe