Taylor Fritz and Brandon Holt face off at the US Open, 44 years after their moms

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Taylor Fritz and Brandon Holt face off at the US Open, 44 years after their moms

March 1978, second round of the Philadelphia tournament: Tracy Austin, only 15 years old, who would become world No. 1 two years later, faces Kathy May, 21, No. 10 in the WTA a few months earlier. The very young Austin wins 6-3, 7-6. They will no longer meet on a court. But 44 years later, the time has come for a possible revenge. By interposed wires.

Friday, Tracy Austin, who has two US Open (1979 and 1981) to her name, could not hide her emotion when, from the stands, she witnessed the victory of her son Brandon Holt, in the last round of qualifying . At 24, the latter only occupies the 296th place at the ATP but this is explained by the choice he made to follow his university course to the end, in Los Angeles, before trying his luck at the pros.

Tracy Austin, Brandon Holt’s mother, won the 1981 US Open. (L’Équipe)

Except that the Covid and a heavy wrist injury seriously delayed its outbreak. Only 924th ATP last January, when he won his first professional title, at the Futures tournament in Cancun (3rd category), he did not do things by halves since he also won the following two editions of the tournament (in this division, often the same site hosts several tournaments in a row, from one week to another).

The three best “perfs” of his life in qualifying

In three weeks, this Mexican hat-trick brought Brandon Holt closer to the top 500, where he then broke down the doors. He beat his first top 200 in July, before achieving the three best performances of his life during the three qualifying rounds of this US Open, all crossed in a fight, in three sets, against the Frenchman Alexandre Muller (144th, 3 -6, 6-4, 7-6), Ecuadorian Emilio Gomez (117th, also the son of a former Grand Slam winner, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2) and Bulgarian Dimitar Kuzmanov ( 162nd, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3).

On Monday, he will discover the floor above, facing Taylor Fritz, world No. 12 and American No. 1. A kind of waking dream that his mother, who had to interrupt her career at 21 because of recurring back problems, and who has become a highly respected media consultant on the circuit, will obviously come to follow closer to the field, on the third largest court in Flushing Meadows, the Grandstand. And in night sessionplease.

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