Dent retires from tennis

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- American Taylor Dent announced his retirement from professional tennis.

The 29-year-old Dent, a rare serve-and-volley specialist, is a former top-25 player who recorded four career titles on the ATP World Tour. The 6-foot-2 oft-injured American had three back surgeries from 2006 to 2007, but made a comeback to the circuit and moved back into the top 100 last year.

The 85th-ranked Dent was 12-19 this year, 151-140 for his career overall, and won three of his four titles back in 2003.

Dent's father, Australian Phil Dent, was the 1974 Australian Open runner-up to American legend Jimmy Connors. Taylor and Phil Dent were the first-ever father-son duo to capture ATP titles in the Open Era (since 1968).


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