Tracy Austin comments on her son qualifying for first Grand Slam at US Open

The US Open is really a special place for Austin.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tracy Austin comments on her son qualifying for first Grand Slam at US Open

Former world No. 1 Tracy Austin admitted she was lost for words and in total disbelief after her son Brandon Holt qualified for his first Grand Slam at the US Open. Holt, 24, won three qualifying matches - all in three sets - to earn his first Grand Slam main draw appearance at Flushing Meadows.

It was a special moment for Austin, who was a two-time US Open champion during her days. “Pinch me! I still can’t believe he’s playing in the main draw, that’s just wild. Wow, wow,” Austin told Eurosport.

Austin on her son's key win

In the US Open qualifying final round, Holt defeated Dimitar Kuzmanov 6-4 3-6 6-3. When the time came for Holt to serve his way into the US Open main draw, Austin started feeling extremely anxious as she knew her son was so close to qualifying for his first Grand Slam.

“That was really nerve-racking. I can’t remember the last time I was that nervous,” Austin reflected on the key moments of her son's qualifying match. Holt turned pro in 2020 but the pandemic and a hand surgery halted the start of his career.

Holt started this season ranked outside the top-900 but is now the 303rd-player in the world. “When I was going through that I had no clue if my career was going to be over. I had no clue about my injury,” Holt reflected.

"It’s just a helpless feeling because I didn’t know what it was. It was hurting like crazy, I wasn’t able to play, I couldn’t run, I couldn’t move because I would feel my heartbeat in my hand. Even going into the surgery, it was not a fool-proof thing.

So to be able to not only be healthy but to also be playing in my first Grand Slam main draw is amazing, amazing, amazing; but I think I’m just fortunate to be on the court."

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