Brandon Holt is into the quarterfinals at the Oracle Pro Series – Malibu, just 30 miles west of alma mater – the University of Southern California. The senior at USC has tennis in his blood, his mother is Hall-of-Famer and Grand Slam Champion Tracy Austin. His natural talent and work ethic have seen him score some big wins both at the collegiate and professional levels and he is looking to gain even more experience this week in Malibu and next week as a wildcard at the Oracle Challenger Series event in Houston.

What is your most memorable win?
Beating Gage Brymer in the Pac-12 Championship Match at Ojai my freshman year. It was a big one because of the USC/UCLA rivalry. The whole tie came down to my match in the 3rd set and it was thrilling the whole way.

What is your next goal in tennis?
I’m still in school at USC, so I want to have a successful senior year and then play professionally.

Who has been the toughest opponent you’ve faced?
It really depends on the day – a lot of it has to do with how I’m playing and how our games match up. It would probably be someone in one of the Challenger events that I’ve played.

What is a memorable match you’ve watched live or on TV?
Federer vs. Djokovic in the finals of the US Open the first time they closed the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2015. The atmosphere was insane when they closed the roof – it got so loud. It was really cool to see the level of tennis they were playing, they were so cool, composed and calm and weren’t making many errors. It was definitely the best match I’ve ever seen.

What are 3 things you always have in your tennis bag?
Racquets, extra pair of shoes, extra grips.

Who has been the most influential person on your tennis life?
My parents – they’ve been there supporting my brothers and me in all the sports we played growing up. I do sometimes hit with my mom, she plays 2-3 times a week and is still really good. She doesn’t miss much and when she does, she’s not happy.

What is your favorite shot to hit in tennis?
Overhead – it usually wins the point.

Where has been the most interesting or exciting place you’ve traveled?
Middle of nowhere California with my brothers – we like to go motorcycle-riding, so biking in the middle of the Sierra Nevadas was really interesting.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?
My heart – I’d probably die without it.

What is a weird superstition that you have?
I’m not superstitious at all.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I played baseball until I was 12 – I was a catcher.

Morning Person or Night Owl:
Morning Person

Beach or Mountains:
Mountains

Pizza or Salad:
Pizza

Roger or Rafa:
Roger

Clay or Grass:
Grass

Flying or Driving:
Flying

Puppies or Kittens:
Puppies

Savory or Sweet:
Sweet