Brandon Holt: Tracy Austin’s son arrives at the US Open

Brandon Holt: Tracy Austin’s son arrives at the US Open

Damong the list of 16 tennis players who managed to reach the final table of the U.S. Open through the stage preview we have found Brandon Holt. He’s 25, he’s the 296 of the ATP, He is part of the group of tennis players who reached ATP or WTA after going through the mighty competition university USA -at USC Californian- and has not yet played any match on the main ATP circuit: he will make his debut at this US Open, although he has won you are ITF ttulos. Five of them this year, which gave him a boost hundreds of positions in the classification helped, also, by the recovery of a medical problem in the thousand right.

However, Brandon Holt may be associated with another circumstance. The Anglo-Saxon custom of “giving” the same the name to all members of a family unit, and that it be the “head of the family” – although recently this tradition is relaxation– Applied to the world of sports, it sometimes makes it difficult to track, go palmar, the PROGRESS there square of certain women, not to mention “identifying” the “dynasts”. This is why it is not obvious that Brandon is a descendant of one of the great protagonists of the women’s circuit: Brandon Holt is Tracy Austin’s son.winner of the 1979 and 1981 US Open, and one of the few tennis players who could stand up to Chris Evert and Martin Navratilova at the peak of his career.

Austin was one of the first ‘my prodigy’ in the history of tennis. Born in 1962, in 1977 she won in Portland, at the age of 14, by becoming a tennis player the youngest in history earn a professional title. In 1979, he beat Chris Evert 6-4, 6-3 in the final of U.S. Open setting another record for tournament champions (16 years and 9 months). He repeated the title in 1981 by defeating Martina Navratilova (1-6, 7-6, 7-6). At that time it was world number 1.

However, Austin’s career was short. She and her classmate, Andrea Jaegerthey paid for trying to outplay Chris and Martna through the physical power at a time when physical preparation and sports medicine were not yet sufficiently developed to protect the physique of young tennis players at the required level. problems in the spine forced into retirement in 1983. He tried several times to return to it, without the same success, until a traffic accident in 1989 definitively interrupted his career, with 21 titles to his credit. Among them, in addition to the two Grand Slam tournaments mentioned, a Masters (1980) and a mixed doubles title in Wimbledon (1980) with his brother John.

Now Tracy doesn’t train Brandon, although he works as advice and occasional sparring. For example, during pandemic movement restrictions and while recovering from your injury. “I’m not very good ignore to my mom, even though I’m better,” Brandon told The New York Times, also noting that when they work out, “she gets upset if she doesn’t go to prom. But that doesn’t happen very often.”

In US Open qualifying, Holt successively beat Alexandre Muller 3-6, 6-4 and 7-6, Emilio Gómez 2-6, 6-3 and 6-2 and Dimitar Kuzmanov 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3. The Ecuadorian Gmez, 117 ATP, is the tennis player with the highest ranking he has won so far. Brandon is thriving, and while sports genetics aren’t the deciding factor, if tennis genetics exist, he has it. Start in the final frame against Taylor Fritz.

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