Brandon Holt, son of former world no 1, wins ITF event in Nottingham

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A second generation tennis star turned up to the ITF M25 singles event, with Brandon Holt defeating Britain’s Henry Patten in the final on the weekend past.

Holt is the son of two-time US Open champion and former World No 1 Tracy Austin.

The 24-year-old opted to complete of full four-year stint at the University of Southern California rather than attempting to get onto the tour but has set out to gain more experience outside of the US after graduating.

Two of Holt’s uncles and an aunt were also accomplished tennis professionals.

The business major has set his sights on getting onto the ATP Tour, having enjoyed a successful collegiate career.

He sported a 75% win rate across four college seasons, although his senior year was blighted by injury.

Holt beat Patten 7-6, 7-5 in a tightly contested men’s final in Nottingham on Sunday.

Nottingham was Holt’s second victory at M25 level to go along with three M15 events he won in January and February in Mexico.

Holt is now ranked 488th in the world on the latest ATP Rankings.

Meanwhile in the W25 event Britain’s Eden Silva won her second ITF singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 win against American Robin Montgomery.

Silva put in a dominant display in Nottingham winning her five matches without dropping a set.

British duo Julian Cash and Patten won the men’s doubles, beating Indian pair Anirudh Chandrasekar and Vijay Sundar Prashanth in the final.

London-born Lauryn John-Baptiste and French partner Alice Robbe lost in the Women’s Doubles final to Gabriela Knutson and Katarina Stresnakova 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Tournament Director Ben Murray lauded the atmosphere created at the event.

“We have had two great weeks in Nottingham and it was fantastic to see the British players performing so well and reaching the finals,” Murray said.

“The atmosphere created by the players and tournament staff was so positive and this showed with the quality of the matches we have seen in the past week.

“We created an environment where players were supporting each other in their matches on the side of the court and that is something I’ve not really seen before.

“Congratulations to Eden and Brandon on their fantastic victories and I want to wish all players the best of luck for the rest of the season.”

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