Despite having another year of eligibility due to the coronavirus-impacted 2020 season, Brandon Holt will turn pro. The University of Southern California standout announced his decision in an Instagram post earlier this week.
What a fantastic 4 years this has been at USC. With the exception of COVID, I don’t think I could have enjoyed my time as a Trojan more. I am excited to start a new chapter and begin my professional career. My teammates and coaches all know how much I love them and I have voiced that in person over the years, so I do not need to write a love story for you all to read. However, I do feel inclined to show just how special USC is to me. I could not have asked for better coaches in @coachpetersmith @brettmasi @kkwintus @dbaughm They made me feel like the most important thing in their day was improving my teammates and I in tennis and as people. Naturally, people talk about my success on the court at USC and view that as the reason I had such a great time. My teammates are the number one reason I was so happy at USC. The single biggest success looking back is @coachpetersmith recruiting GOOD PEOPLE. He recruited people I played tennis with for 4 years. But more importantly, he recruited a band of brothers who are and will continue to be my best friends. I would also like to thank my friends outside of the tennis team and I cherish all the special relationships created at USC. I would like to thank my family for the support and my grandparents who didn’t miss a match. Thank you to everyone at @usc_athletics for always having a smile on your face no matter the difficulty. The training staff was so exceptional and walking into McKay was always such a joy. Thank you to the fans and supporters of @uscmenstennis Thank you to everyone who played a direct role in our team’s success. You all know who you are. Lastly, this feels like a goodbye, but I look to so many of the staff members at USC as friends and mentors, so I know our relationships will remain strong. Love you all. Fight on forever! ✌️ (Wish I could tag everyone but only lets me tag 20)
“I’m not sure what the ultimate deciding factor was,” Holt told Baseline. "It was a lot of things, but what kept me [at USC] was my teammates.”
Holt played No. 1 during his entire four year tenure at USC, which is currently the No. 1-ranked team in the country. He improved his ATP ranking to No. 456 in 2019, while competing for the Trojans the entire time.
“My teammates are the [No. 1] reason I was so happy at USC. The single biggest success looking back is coach Peter Smith recruiting good people,” Holt said on Instagram. “He recruited people I played tennis with for 4 years. But more importantly, he recruited a band of brothers who are and will continue to be my best friends.”
Holt is primed to make an immediate impact on the ATP Tour, whenever it returns. The 22-year-old combines his mother Tracy Austin’s pinpoint accuracy from the ground with extreme consistency.
He impressed at last week’s Home Court Advantage exhibition in Rolling Hills, Calif., ultimately falling to Sam Querrey in a deciding match tiebreak.