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Phil Dent
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Country  Australia
Residence Orange County, California, U.S.
Date of birth 14 February 1950 (1950-02-14) (age 59)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 6'0 (182 cm)
Weight 173 lbs (78 kg)
Plays Right-handed;
Career prize money US$0
Singles
Career record 352–306
Career titles 3
Highest ranking 19 (16 January 1978)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open F (1974)
French Open SF (1977)
Wimbledon QF (1977)
US Open 3R (1973)
Doubles
Career record 406–253
Career titles 24
Highest ranking 51 (3 January 1983)
Last updated on: 24 January 2007.

Phil Dent (born 14 February 1950, in Sydney, Australia) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

He is best remembered for reaching the men's singles final at the Australian Open in 1974, where he lost to Jimmy Connors 7–6, 6–4, 4–6, 6–3. Dent was also a men's doubles champion at the Australian Open in 1975 (partnering John Alexander), and a mixed doubles champion at the US Open in 1976 (partnering Billie Jean King). Dent also reached five further Grand Slam men's doubles finals, finishing runner-up at the Australian Open in 1970, 1973 and 1977, and at the French Open in 1975 and 1979. He was a member of the Australian teams which won the Davis Cup in 1977 and the World Team Cup in 1979.

Prior to turning professional, Dent won the boy's singles titles at both the Australian Open and the French Open in 1968.

During his professional career, Dent won two top-level singles titles (Sydney and Brisbane, both in 1979) and 25 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 19 (in 1978). He retired from the professional tour in 1983.

Since retiring as a player, Dent has settled in Orange County, California, in the United States. His son Taylor Dent became a professional tennis player and competed for the U.S. After a 3 year layoff to recover from injuries Taylor Dent and recently returned to the tour.

Dent defeated Björn Borg in the third round of the 1974 Australian Open, which was the only time that Borg played the tournament.

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Grand Slam singles final

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Runner-up

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1974 Australian Open United States Jimmy Connors 7–6(7), 6–4, 4–6, 6–3

Grand Slam mixed doubles final

Win

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

Doubles titles (25)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1970 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Australia John Alexander Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
Czech Republic Jan Kodeš
10–8, 6–2, 6–4
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
3. 1971 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia John Alexander Australia John Newcombe
Netherlands Tom Okker
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
4. 1971 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Australia John Alexander United States Frank Froehling
United States Clark Graebner
7–6, 6–4
5. 1972 Louisville WCT, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander United States Arthur Ashe
United States Robert Lutz
6–4, 6–3
6. 1973 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Australia John Alexander Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
7. 1973 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
1–6, 7–6, 7–6
8. 1974 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard Australia John Alexander Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
4–6, 6–4, 7–5
9. 1974 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay Australia John Alexander Spain Manuel Orantes
Australia Tony Roche
7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
10. 1975 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Allan Stone
6–3, 7–6
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
12. 1975 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard Australia John Alexander Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
6–1, 6–4
13. 1975 Chicago, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander United States Mike Cahill
United States John Whitlinger
6–3, 6–4
14. 1975 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard South Africa Cliff Drysdale Mexico Marcello Lara
Mexico Joaquin Loyo-Mayo
7–6, 6–4
15. 1976 Atlanta WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander Poland Wojtek Fibak
Germany Karl Meiler
6–3, 6–4
16. 1976 Denver WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander United States Jimmy Connors
United States Billy Martin
6–7, 6–2, 7–5
17. 1977 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander South Africa Bob Hewitt
United States Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 7–6
18. 1977 Washington D.C., U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
7–5, 7–5
19. 1977 Louisville, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander Australia Chris Kachel
Australia Cliff Letcher
6–1, 6–4
20. 1977 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia Allan Stone
7–6, 2–6, 6–3
21. 1978 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay Australia John Alexander United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
7–6, 7–6
22. 1978 Los Angeles, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander United States Fred McNair
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–6
23. 1978 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia John Alexander Australia Syd Ball
Australia Allan Stone
6–3, 7–6
24. 1979 Hobart, Australia Grass Australia Bob Giltinan Romania Ion Ţiriac
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
8–6
25. 1982 Guarujá, Brazil Clay Australia Kim Warwick Brazil Carlos Kirmayr
Brazil Cassio Motta
6–7, 6–2, 6–3

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