LOS ANGELES -- Former U.S. Davis Cup player Taylor Dent had
back surgery for the second time in a year and hopes to return to
the tennis tour by the end of the summer hard-court circuit.
Dent was ranked as high as 21st in 2005, but he hurt his back in
early 2006 and had surgery last May, then again March 19.
"I hope to be back on the court in the next four or five
months,'' Dent said in a statement released Tuesday by his agent.
"The road back to the top 30 in the world will be very tough and
long, but I am looking forward to starting my recovery.''
Dent, 25, plans to begin rehabilitation within the next two
He's won four career ATP titles, was a semifinalist at the 2004
Olympics and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2005.