2002 Champion Returns to Newport
NEWPORT, RI — The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced today that 2002 Newport Champion Taylor Dent has received a wild card to play in the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, scheduled for July 7-13. This is the second wild card given out for the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the first awarded last week to Prakash Amritraj of India.
Dent will be making his fourth appearance in Newport, having captured his first ATP title on the Hall of Fame’s legendary grass courts by defeating James Blake 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. The 27-year-old Dent is rebounding from an injury, having been limited in play during the 2006 tennis season due to a reoccurring back problem, which ultimately led to back surgery in March 2007.
“Taylor called today and said he is feeling great and ready to play.”
said Mark Stenning, the Hall of Fame’s Chief Executive Officer and Tournament Director.
“As a former champion, we look forward to welcoming Taylor back to Newport. In addition, we’re glad he is healthy and ready to compete.”
In 2005, Dent reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 21 and holds four career singles titles: Newport (2002); Memphis, Bangkok, and Moscow (2003). The American is known for his incredibly powerful and fast serve, and a game tailored for the grass court surface.
Taylor Dent turned pro in 1998 and is the son of former Australian tennis great Phil Dent. Taylor and his father made history after his first win in Newport by becoming the first father-son duo to win ATP titles in the Open Era (since 1968).
The Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, played for the Van Alen Cup, will be held July 7-13 and will feature the top men in professional tennis competing in the only ATP pro event played on grass in North America.