- Associated Press - Monday, November 8, 2010

BRADENTON, FLA. (AP) - Former top-25 player Taylor Dent is retiring from professional tennis.

The 29-year-old American was one of a handful of current pros with a serve-and-volley style. Once ranked as high as 21st, Dent had three back operations in 2006 and 2007 that derailed his career, then made a comeback and climbed back into the top 100 in 2009.

In a statement released Monday by his agent, Dent says he wants to stay active in the sport and “explore opportunities … that my full tournament scheduled never allowed.”

He went 12-19 this season, and is ranked 85th.

His career record is 151-140 with four titles, three in 2003. He and 1974 Australian Open runner-up Phil Dent were the first father-son duo to win ATP titles in the Open era.

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