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Steve Darcis

Steve Darcis
Country  Belgium
Residence Saive, Belgium
Born (1984-03-13) 13 March 1984
Liège, Belgium
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,806,906
Career record 75–80
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 44 (12 May 2008)
Current ranking No. 172 (13 October 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
French Open 3R (2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2009, 2013)
US Open 2R (2008, 2011, 2012)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 3R (2012)
Career record 19–29
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 126 (5 January 2009)
Current ranking No. 471 (8 July 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2010)
French Open QF (2008)
Wimbledon 3R (2012)
US Open 1R (2008, 2012)
Last updated on: 8 July 2013.

Steve Darcis [1] (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. 44 in May 2008. He defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the first round of Wimbledon 2013.


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
    • Juniors 2.1
    • 2007–2009 2.2
    • 2010–present 2.3
  • ATP career finals 3
    • Singles: 3 (2–1) 3.1
  • Singles performance timeline 4
  • Doubles performance timeline 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Personal life

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 to Pete Sampras.[2] On 29 May 2013, his girlfriend Lauranne gave birth to daughter Camille.[3][4]



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).

Tournament 2001 2002
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 3R
French Open Q2 3R
Wimbledon A SF
US Open 1R 2R


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 Memphis in March 2008, defeating Robin Söderling in the final.[5] He reached the final of the Dutch Open again, but lost to Albert Montañés.[6] 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,[7] Marcos Baghdatis,[8] and Marinko Matosevic[9] to face Andy Roddick in the semifinals. Darcis retired a set down at 1–3 due to a back injury.[10]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Darcis beat Tomáš Berdych in the first round.[11]

In the first round at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships on 24 June, Darcis defeated fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal in straight sets.[12] 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.[13][14][15] It was announced prior to his second round match that he had withdrawn due to a shoulder injury sustained in the Nadal match.

ATP career finals

Singles: 3 (2–1)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour 1000 Series (0–0)
ATP 500 Series (1–0)
ATP 250 Series (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 16 July 2007 Dutch Open, Amersfoort, Netherlands Clay Werner Eschauer 6–1, 7–6(7–1)
Winner 2. 2 March 2008 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Memphis, United States Hard (i) Robin Söderling 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 3. 20 July 2008 Dutch Open, Amersfoort, Netherlands Clay Albert Montañés 6–1, 5–7, 3–6

Singles performance timeline

Current till 2014 Wimbledon Championships.
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R Q3 A 1R 1R A 0–4
French Open A 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R A 3–6
Wimbledon A 1R 2R A Q2 1R 2R Q2 3–3
US Open 1R 2R 1R A 2R 2R A 1R 3–6
Win–Loss 0–1 1–4 1–4 1–1 3–2 1–4 1–2 0-1 8–19
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH 1R Not Held 3R NH 2–2
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A 2R A A 2R Q1 A 2–2
Miami Masters A Q1 1R A A 1R Q1 A 0–2
Monte-Carlo Masters A A Q2 A A Q2 Q1 A 0–0
Rome Masters A 2R A A A A A A 1–1
Madrid Masters A 1R A A A A A A 0–1
Canada Masters A A A A A A A A 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A Q1 A A 0–0
Shanghai Masters NMS A A A A A 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A Q1 A 0–0
Hamburg Masters A 1R Not Masters Series 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 1–3 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0-0 3–7
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0-0 1–3
Year End Ranking 86 61 122 109 88 93 164

Doubles performance timeline

Current through the 2012 US Open (tennis).
Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 1–3
French Open QF 1R 3–2
Wimbledon 1R 3R 2–2
US Open 1R 1R 0–2
Win–Loss 3–4 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 6–9


  1. ^ Rumsby, Ben (25 June 2013). "Wimbledon 2013: after defeating Rafael Nadal in the first round". Telegraph. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Kinder, Lucy (24 June 2013). "Steve Darcis: 10 things you need to know about man that beat Rafa Nadal at Wimbledon 2013". Telegraph. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  3. ^ S.F. (7 December 2012). """Steve Darcis : "Je serai papa en juin (in French). Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Steve Darcis heureux papa d’une petite Camille". L'Avenir (in French). 29 May 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  5. ^  
  6. ^ "Spain's Albert Montanes wins Dutch Open". 20 July 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Darcis qualifié à Eastbourne" (in French). 20 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Roddick, Harrison reach Eastbourne quarters". Fox News. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "ATP Eastbourne - Steve Darcis en demi-finales" (in French). 22 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Andy Roddick Earns 600th Career Win After Steve Darcis Retires At Eastbourne".  
  11. ^ Kinder, Lucy (28 July 2012). "London Olympics: Tomas Berdych crashes out". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Rafa savaged by the Shark! Unknown world No 135 Darcis tastes sweetest victory with one of Wimbledon's most stunning upsets". Daily Mail. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Rafael Nadal knocked out of Wimbledon by Belgian Steve Darcis". Guardian. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Steve Darcis withdraws with shoulder injury". Guardian UK. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 

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