As the son of Grand Slam Champion Phil Dent and US Open finalist, Betty Ann Stuart, Taylor began playing tennis at an early age in Newport Beach, California. He started taking it seriously when he was 10 years old after watching Grand Slam winner Michael Chang practice at his home when he came to train with his father.
On tour, Taylor was known for his “good-guy” sportsmanship and his serve-and-volley style of play. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships he set the record for the fastest serve ever recorded at the event with a speed of 238 km/h (148mph). Taylor reached a career high #21 in the world. He and his father, Phil, are the only father-son duo to have won ATP titles in the Open Era.
Taylor endured several back surgeries and retired from the tour in 2010. At that time, he founded The Dent Tennis Academy along with his father, Phil and wife, Jenny. Over the years, he has been a frequent commentator for the Tennis Channel. Taylor’s love of the sport is infectious. His positive energy and easy-going nature coupled with understanding of the complexities of the sport have made him a sought after tennis coach since retirement.
Taylor is also a proud husband to Jenny and a father of 4 children ages 5-12. Taylor attends Church regularly and in his free time he enjoys trying out new grilling recipes.
Career High rank of #21 in the world
Won 4 ATP singles titles in Newport (2002), Bangkok (2003), Memphis (2003) and Moscow (2003)
Placed 4th at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece
Won the Hopman Cup with Lisa Raymond in 2006
In 2010, set serve speed records at the French Open (149 mph), Wimbledon (148 mph), and the US Open (147 mph).
Captured wins over Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, James Black and Marat Safin during his ATP career
Coached Jared Donaldson (2013-2017) into the top 100
Hometown: Newport Beach, California