Medley of injuries have taken their toll

Imagine being subjected to a two-hour nap for merely hanging up a painting. Such was the case for Taylor Dent, who is among a select few former standouts attempting to come back from injuries.

Updated: January 15, 2009, 9:49 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

For many, a new year brings renewed optimism. That must be the case for this bunch of former standouts, all trying to relive past glories after lengthy absences. The cast includes three big servers, a veteran of veterans and a brash baseliner from Eastern Europe.

Taylor Dent: Multiple back surgeries rendered Dent the forgotten man of U.S. tennis, but the burly, net-rushing Californian has re-emerged.

Last week, Dent won his first top-tier match in three years, ...

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