|Country (sports) Belgium|
Career titles 2
Weight 74 kg
Residence Saive, Belgium
Name Steve Darcis
Turned pro 2003
|Prize money $1,990,923|
Role Tennis player
Career record 80–89
Height 1.78 m
|Born 13 March 1984 (age 39)
Liege, Belgium (1984-03-13) |
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Similar People David Goffin, Ruben Bemelmans, Kimmer Coppejans, Jamie Murray, Andy Murray
Parents Alain Darcis, Marie Agnes
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Steve Darcis ([stiv daʁsi], born 13 March 1984) is a Belgian professional tennis player. He has won two ATP titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No.38 on 22 May 2017.
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- Personal life
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Steve Darcis was born in Liège, Belgium, the son of Marie Agnes, a sports instructor, and Alain Darcis, a tennis coach. He has a sister named Céline. Growing up, he looked up at Pete Sampras. On 29 May 2013, his girlfriend Lauranne gave birth to daughter Camille.
As a junior, Darcis compiled a singles win/loss record of 73–32, reaching as high as No. 8 in the junior world singles rankings in May 2002 (and No. 15 in doubles). He reached the semifinals at the 2002 Wimbledon Championships Boys' singles event.
Darcis won his first ATP World Tour event at the Dutch Open in July 2007 and achieved his first Top 100 ranking on 26 November 2007 by winning a Challenger event in Finland.
Darcis competed at the 2008 Australian Open and the French Open, losing in the first round in both. He and Olivier Rochus, however, reached the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament at the French Open. He reached the second round at the US Open. He won a second ATP event at Memphis in March 2008, defeating Robin Söderling in the final. He reached the final of the Dutch Open again, but lost to Albert Montañés. In 2009, Darcis played in three Grand Slam tournaments: the 2009 Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, reaching the second round only at Wimbledon. He also reached the quarterfinals at Queens.
Darcis qualified for the 2010 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, retiring in his third-round match against Rafael Nadal. He failed to qualify for the Australian Open.
At the 2011 French Open, Darcis advanced to the main draw as a qualifier, and in the first round pulled off a shock victory over 22nd seed Michaël Llodra. Darcis followed this up by beating Philipp Petzschner, to advance into the third round, where he was defeated by Frenchman Gaël Monfils in straight sets.
Darcis made the quarterfinals in Vienna, beating Nikolay Davydenko on the way, but was defeated by Daniel Brands.
In 2012, Darcis made the final of the Dallas Challenger tournament but lost to Jesse Levine. At Eastbourne International, he defeated Matthew Ebden, Marcos Baghdatis, and Marinko Matosevic to face Andy Roddick in the semifinals. Darcis retired a set down at 1–3 due to a back injury.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Darcis beat Tomáš Berdych in the first round.
In the first round at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships on 24 June, Darcis defeated fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal in straight sets. This made him the first player ever to defeat Nadal in the first round of any tennis Major. Darcis was ranked 130 places lower than Nadal. At the time, he was the lowest-ranked player ever to beat Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament. It was announced prior to his second round match that he had withdrawn due to a shoulder injury sustained in the Nadal match.
In the 2017 Australian Open, Darcis defeated Sam Groth and Diego Schwartzman both in 4 sets to reach the third round, tying his best Grand Slam result to date (in singles). He was taken out by Andreas Seppi despite winning the first set of the match.
Current through the 2017 Davis Cup Semifinals.
* At Wimbledon 2013, Darcis withdrew prior to the second round