Tennis star pays off Twitter Super Bowl bet by taking fan on NBA date

Jay Busbee

Give Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard credit: when she loses a bet, she pays up.

Bouchard, like most of the planet watching Super Bowl LI, assumed that the New England Patriots would lose when they were down 21-0 points to the Atlanta Falcons. She felt confident—perhaps not confident enough to bet $100,000, as Charles Barkley reportedly did—but confident enough to take a follower up on a dare: if the Patriots won, she’d have to take John Goehrke, a 20-year-old Missouri student, on a date.

You know what happened next: the Patriots stormed back from 25 points down and won the Super Bowl. Lo and behold, Bouchard was on the hook for a date …

And from there, it was off to watch the ballgame courtside:

The evening ended in lovely fashion:

And according to TMZ, the two might have another date in the future. Who knew Twitter could be used for good and not evil?

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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