A week after the women's ATP lost 29-year-old Russian Elena Dementieva to retirement, stating that she wants to start a family, the men's ATP is losing 29-year-old American Taylor Dent to retirement.
Dent, who has won four titles in his 12 years on the circuit, is known for his serve-and-volley style of play. His most notable match is when he beat then World No. 1 Andy Roddick in the final round in Memphis in 2003.
But as the LA Time states, it's a loss for tennis.
"It wasn't my nature," Dent said. "I love to serve and volley."
Between 2006 and 2007, Dent underwent three back surgeries after serious debilitating back injuries.
The American ranked as high as No. 21, with a 151-140 career record. Ranked 85th at the time of his retirement, Dent was 12-19 in his 2010 campaign.
The husband and father of a 9-month-old son also played for the U.S. Davis Cup and for Team USA in the 2004 Athens Olympics where he won a bronze medal.
Dent's decision came shortly after a second-round knockout from a Challenger in Charlottesville, Va.