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Phil Dent
Full namePhilip Clive Dent
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceNewport Beach, California, U.S.
Born (1950-02-14) 14 February 1950 (age 71)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height182 cm (5 ft 11 12 in)
Turned pro1968 (amateur from 1967)
Retired1983
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record411–348
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 17 (23 August 1977)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1974)
French OpenSF (1977)
WimbledonQF (1977)
US Open3R (1973)
Doubles
Career record409–253
Career titles25
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1975)
French OpenF (1975, 1979)
WimbledonF (1977)
US OpenQF (1972, 1973, 1975)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US OpenW (1976)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1977)

Philip Clive Dent (born 14 February 1950) is a former professional tennis player. Dent's high water mark as a pro singles player was reaching the Australian Open final in 1974, which he lost to Jimmy Connors in four sets. Dent was also the men's doubles champion at the Australian Open in 1975 (with teammate John Alexander), and the mixed-doubles champion at the US Open in 1976 (with teammate Billie Jean King).

Tennis career

As well as his victory in the 1975 Australian Open doubles, Dent reached six more men's doubles finals in Grand Slam Tournaments, finishing runner-up at the Australian Open in 1970, 1973, and 1977, the French Open in 1975 and 1979 and Wimbledon in 1977. Dent was a member of the Australian tennis teams that won the Davis Cup in 1977 and the World Team Cup in 1979.

Before turning professional, Dent won the boys' singles titles at both the Australian Open tournament and at the French Open in 1968.

During his professional career, Dent won three top-level singles titles (in Sydney and in Brisbane, Australia, both in 1979, and the former also in 1971) and 25 doubles titles (also winning the 1968 Australian Hard Courts singles event in Launceston). His career-high singles ranking was world No. 12 (in 1977). Dent retired from professional tennis in 1983.

Since retiring as a player, Dent has settled in Newport Beach, California.[1] His son Taylor Dent was also a professional tennis player and citizen of the United States.

Dent defeated Björn Borg in the third round of the 1974 Australian Open, the only Australian Open in which he competed.

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1974 Australian Open Grass United States Jimmy Connors 6–7(7–9), 4–6, 6–4, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1976 US Open Grass United States Billie Jean King South Africa Frew McMillan
Netherlands Betty Stöve
3–6, 6–2, 7–5

Career finals

Doubles (25 titles, 25 runner-ups)

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1970 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia John Alexander United States Bob Lutz
United States Stan Smith
3–6, 6–8, 3–6
Loss 2. 1970 Hilversum, Netherlands Hard Australia John Alexander Australia Bill Bowrey
Australia Owen Davidson
3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Win 1. 1970 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Australia John Alexander Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
10–8, 6–2, 6–4
Win 2. 1971 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard Australia John Alexander Australia Mal Anderson
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
6–7, 2–6, 6–3, 7–6, 7–6
Win 3. 1971 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia John Alexander Australia John Newcombe
Netherlands Tom Okker
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Win 4. 1971 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Australia John Alexander United States Frank Froehling
United States Clark Graebner
7–6, 6–4
Loss 3. 1971 Vancouver WCT, Canada Australia John Alexander Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
7–5, 7–6, 0–6, 5–7, 6–7
Loss 4. 1972 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–7, 2–6
Win 5. 1972 Louisville WCT, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander United States Arthur Ashe
United States Bob Lutz
6–4, 6–3
Loss 5. 1973 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Mal Anderson
Australia John Newcombe
3–6, 4–6, 6–7
Win 6. 1973 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Australia John Alexander Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 6. 1973 Brussels WCT, Belgium Carpet Australia John Alexander United States Bob Lutz
United States Stan Smith
4–6, 6–7
Win 7. 1973 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
1–6, 7–6, 7–6
Loss 7. 1974 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
Australia Allan Stone
3–6, 6–3, 6–7
Win 8. 1974 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard Australia John Alexander Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Win 9. 1974 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay Australia John Alexander Spain Manuel Orantes
Australia Tony Roche
7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
Win 10. 1975 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Allan Stone
6–3, 7–6
Loss 8. 1975 Fort Worth WCT, U.S. Hard Australia John Alexander United States Bob Lutz
United States Stan Smith
7–6, 6–7, 3–6
Win 11. 1975 San Antonio WCT, U.S. Hard Australia John Alexander United Kingdom Mark Cox
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
7–6, 4–6, 6–4
Loss 9. 1975 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet Australia John Alexander United States Bob Lutz
United States Stan Smith
4–6, 7–6, 2–6
Win 12. 1975 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard Australia John Alexander Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
6–1, 6–4
Loss 10. 1975 French Open, Paris Clay Australia John Alexander United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 6–2, 2–6, 4–6
Win 13. 1975 Chicago, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander United States Mike Cahill
United States John Whitlinger
6–3, 6–4
Win 14. 1975 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard South Africa Cliff Drysdale Mexico Marcello Lara
Mexico Joaquin Loyo-Mayo
7–6, 6–4
Loss 11. 1975 North Conway, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander Pakistan Haroon Rahim
United States Erik van Dillen
6–7, 6–7
Win 15. 1976 Atlanta WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander Poland Wojtek Fibak
West Germany Karl Meiler
6–3, 6–4
Loss 12. 1976 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 2–6
Win 16. 1976 Denver WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander United States Jimmy Connors
United States Billy Martin
6–7, 6–2, 7–5
Loss 13. 1976 Woodlands Doubles, Texas Hard Australia Allan Stone United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
1–6, 4–6, 7–5, 6–7
Loss 14. 1977 Jackson, U.S. Carpet Australia Ken Rosewall South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
2–6, 6–7
Loss 15. 1977 Houston WCT, U.S. Hard Australia John Alexander Romania Ilie Năstase
Italy Adriano Panatta
3–6, 4–6
Loss 16. 1977 Hamburg, Germany Clay Australia Kim Warwick South Africa Bob Hewitt
West Germany Karl Meiler
6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Loss 17. 1977 Wimbledon, London Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 9–8, 4–6
Win 17. 1977 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander South Africa Bob Hewitt
United States Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 7–6
Win 18. 1977 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
7–5, 7–5
Win 19. 1977 Louisville, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander Australia Chris Kachel
Australia Cliff Letcher
6–1, 6–4
Loss 18. 1977 Adelaide, Australia Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Syd Ball
Australia Kim Warwick
6–3, 6–7, 4–6
Win 20. 1977 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia Allan Stone
7–6, 2–6, 6–3
Loss 19. 1977 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia Allan Stone
6–7, 6–7
Loss 20. 1978 Memphis, U.S. Carpet Australia John Newcombe United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–7, 2–6
Win 21. 1978 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
7–6, 7–6
Win 22. 1978 Los Angeles, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander United States Fred McNair
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–6
Win 23. 1978 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Syd Ball
Australia Allan Stone
6–3, 7–6
Win 24. 1979 Hobart, Australia Grass Australia Bob Giltinan Romania Ion Ţiriac
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
8–6
Loss 18. 1979 Dayton, U.S. Carpet Australia Ross Case South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Bruce Manson
6–3, 3–6, 6–7
Loss 19. 1979 French Open, Paris Clay Australia Ross Case United States Gene Mayer
United States Sandy Mayer
4–6, 4–6, 4–6
Loss 23. 1979 Adelaide, Australia Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Colin Dibley
Australia Chris Kachel
7–6, 6–7, 4–6
Loss 24. 1980 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Rod Frawley United States John McEnroe
United States Matt Mitchell
6–8
Win 25. 1982 Guarujá, Brazil Clay Australia Kim Warwick Brazil Carlos Kirmayr
Brazil Cássio Motta
6–7, 6–2, 6–3
Loss 25. 1982 Denver, U.S. Carpet Australia Kim Warwick South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
4–6, 4–6

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