American tennis player Taylor Dent, who made a notable comeback in 2009 through career threatening back injuries, announced Monday that he is retiring from the ATP World Tour to pursue other opportunities.
The prominent serve and volleyer, finished his career with an ATP record of 151-140 and amassed more than 2.5 million dollars in career earnings.
The son of Australian tennis legend Phil Dent, won four titles over his 12-year career and made history in 2002 by becoming the first father and son duo in the Open Era to win ATP World Tour titles after Dent claimed the grass-court crown in Newport.
After reaching a career high ranking of 21st in 2005, the 29-year old suffered from recurring back and groin problems which limited his tennis during 2007-08. He considered his career over after having three back surgeries, only to be given the green light to return to court in mid 2008.
The Florida native married former WTA pro Jennifer Hopkins in 2006, and welcomed their son Declan earlier this year.