US Open 2022: Viral beer chugger Megan Lucky opens up about Jumbotron moment, tennis news

Megan Lucky said she never expected to repeat her viral beer-chugging stunt at the US Open this year — but now she “can’t wait to keep the tradition going”.

“I was like, if it happens again, I would love to have another moment, to have the crowd go wild one more time,” the 26-year-old, told The New York Post in a phone interview on Wednesday.

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Lucky and her boyfriend were sitting at the Louis Armstrong Stadium — one of the smaller venues hosting the US Open in Queens — on Friday when she said she noticed camera operators lock eyes with her and then begin frantically communicating with one another on their walkie-talkies.

“And I thought, uh oh!” Lucky recalled.

“Sure enough, later on the cameras found me. I seized the moment and chugged the beer,” she said, adding that it was Heineken.

Lucky’s speedy brew glugging was broadcast on the venue’s Jumbotron, and from there it quickly went viral on social media.

“I just love having a moment to have people excited and cheer and feel something,” she said.

Lucky, who lives in New York City and works a corporate job, had her first unexpected brush with internet fame exactly a year ago when she downed a beer at the same stadium to the delight of her fellow spectators.

The sports fan told The Post that her initial beer-guzzling feat was spontaneous — and partially fuelled by earlier alcohol consumption.

“I was a little tipsy and I had a little liquid courage in me. It was definitely spur of the moment,” Lucky admitted, adding that when she saw her face on the Jumbotron, she felt like she had “to do something”.

Lucky described the social media frenzy that followed her stunt as a “hoot”.

“I felt like a mini-celebrity for a while,” she said.

“I never expected any of this to happen … I didn’t plan it. It just happened.”

The tennis fan said that arriving at the stadium last week, she told her boyfriend she did not expect to show up on the giant screen again. And the pair ended up sitting in different seats from last year — with their seatmates being a teetotaling pastor and his wife.

It appears that Lucky’s back-to-back beer gulping has inspired others to follow in her footsteps; during a US Open match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, another fan was seen downing a sudsy beverage on camera.

“I think it’s the coolest thing ever,” she said of this developing trend.

“I’m honoured … I love bringing people together through sport. I just think it’s really, really cool to be a symbol almost.”

Lucky admitted that she is not a major beer enthusiast, does not have a favourite brand of brew and would “just drink whatever is in front of me,’ she said, while stressing that she does not advocate for binge-drinking, as her speedy swigging might suggest.

“It was in the moment. I like to have fun. But I’m not pounding 100 beers,” she added with a laugh.

Lucky revealed that she enjoys sports – she is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan just like her dad – and also follows tennis. During this year’s US Open, she had been rooting for Australian Nick Kyrgios and her idol Serena Williams.

Now that both of the tennis superstars are out of the championship, Lucky said is just watching for fun.

Asked about her new-found online fame, Lucky said she’s trying to keep herself grounded, despite all the attention surrounding her.

“People just see a small sliver of me, and I have to keep it in perspective,” she said.

Meanwhile, Lucky is already making plans to return to the US Open next year, beer in hand.

“I can’t wait to keep the tradition going,” she said.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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