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Fan agrees to pay $4,000 for date with Genie Bouchard

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Genie Bouchard has been open about her dating life many times in the past, and that transparency appears to have landed the tennis star a date and a hefty donation to charity made on her behalf.

Bouchard joined media personality Allie LaForce on an Instagram live feed to benefit charity on Saturday night. LaForce and her husband, Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith, have partnered with Project Frontline to provide meals to healthcare workers involved in the fight against coronavirus. Bouchard recently revealed on social media that she has been spending a lot of time alone during the quarantine and is single, which led to a discussion about her dating life.

When a fan named Bob began commenting on the Instagram live feed multiple times that he loves Bouchard, he eventually got the attention of both Bouchard and LaForce. As James Matthey of news.com.au recapped, Bob eventually FaceTimed with the ladies and Bouchard called it “refreshing” that he hit on her face-to-face rather than just behind a keyboard. Bob later sent Bouchard a DM asking her to “Netflix and chill,” and Bouchard agreed. Then came the negotiations.

It was later determined that Bob is comedian Bob Menery, who has more than 2.5 million followers on Instagram. Menery ended up offering Bouchard $500 to go on a date with him, but she said that was not enough and noted that $3,000 would feed a staff at a hospital. Menery then said he’d kick in an extra $1,000 if Bouchard would order food in a British accent on the date.

“Why are you doing this to me, Bob?” Bouchard said. “You’re guilting me … so I feel I have to say yes because it’s for charity, but I’m also highly uncomfortable with that.

“I’m going to say yes but I have no skill whatsoever in imitating accents.”

The two eventually settled on $1,600 for a FaceTime date or $4,000 for an in-person meeting. It’s unclear if the date will actually take place with the coronavirus pandemic still forcing most of the country to remain at home, but the terms of the deal are in place.

If you remember, Bouchard had to go on a date with a fan after she lost a bet when the Patriots pulled off an impossible comeback against the Falcons in the Super Bowl. She’s been a part of this type of arrangement before, and it seems like she and Menery could get some nice publicity out the latest.

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