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Taylor Dent retires from pro tennis

Updated: November 8, 2010, 6:15 PM ET
Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. -- 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 ...

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