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Tennis ace Eugenie Bouchard ended up getting cosy with a fan after losing a bet on the Super Bowl.
The former world No5 burst onto the scene in the early 2010s and could have been a Grand Slam winner if she'd not fallen short in the 2014 Wimbledon final against Petra Kvitova. She has struggled to reach those heights ever since, but still became the talk of the town for other reasons in 2017.
Bouchard, 28, was backing the Atlanta Falcons to beat the New England Patriots in that year's NFL showdown, which prompted one of her social media followers to bet a date with her if she was wrong.
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To the shock of everyone, she accepted the challenge. And in a stunning twist, the Patriots pulled off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to emerge 34-28 winners after being 28-3 down.
The Canadian stuck to her word and went out with student John Goehrke – and not just the once. After their initial date at a Brooklyn Nets NBA game, they met up several times.
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On one occasion, the pair were seen cosied up next to each other in a selfie, with fans labelling John the "luckiest man alive". And they accompanied each other to the following year's Super Bowl.
However, their friendship never sparked into a fully-fledged romance. Although it is set to be the subject of a new Disney movie with plans in the works for its release.
While the whole saga was just harmless fun, Bouchard did open up on the downsides it brought about in their respective love lives when speaking to tennis.com in 2020.
“That infamous moment in my life when I tweeted when I shouldn’t have just turned into this whole thing,” she said. "I’m in touch with him casually. Sometimes he plays hard to get and I’m like, ‘Bro, we’re friends, text me back, it’s OK’.
“We’ve hung out a bunch of times. I think he has a girlfriend now though, maybe that’s why he doesn’t text me back.
“All his girlfriends literally hate me. We’ve talked about it so much. Every girl that he ever hangs out with is like, ‘Why would you want to hang out with me when you hung out with Genie?’
“I’m ruining his dating life. It’s so sad. We hang out once a year. I’m not a threat, relax. At the time I had a boyfriend, it caused problems as well. Honestly, we were a disaster for each other’s dating lives, it was so bad."
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