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Trying to make a Dent in his return

Taylor Dent was a top 30 player until a back injury sidelined him. The American's recovery has been slow and arduous, Bonnie DeSimone writes.

Updated: November 15, 2006, 5:35 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

If optimism cured all, Taylor Dent would have been back on the tennis court a long time ago. He remains upbeat despite the pain in his lower back that has kept him out of competition for nearly a full year.

"It's slow progress -- three steps forward and two steps back," Dent said from his Florida home this week. "I'm definitely in a training mode, lifting weights, playing baseline games with some of the kids down here. I just have to be careful not to overdo it with arching and twisting my ...

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