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Steve Darcis (French pronunciation: ​[stiv daʁsi],[2][3] 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.

Steve Darcis
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Country (sports) Belgium
ResidenceSaive, Belgium
Born (1984-03-13) 13 March 1984 (age 35)
Liège, Belgium
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,095,581
Singles
Career record114–125 (47.7% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 38 (22 May 2017)
Current rankingNo. 244 (20 May 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2017)
French Open3R (2011)
Wimbledon2R (2009, 2013, 2017)
US Open2R (2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games3R (2012)
Doubles
Career record24–44 (35.29% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 126 (5 January 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2010)
French OpenQF (2008)
Wimbledon3R (2012)
US Open3R (2017)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (2015, 2017)
Last updated on: 20 May 2019.

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Personal lifeEdit

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.[4] On 29 May 2013, his girlfriend Lauranne gave birth to daughter Camille.[5][6]

CareerEdit

JuniorsEdit

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.

2007–2009Edit

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.[7] He reached the final of the Dutch Open again, but lost to Albert Montañés.[8] 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.

2010–presentEdit

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,[9] Marcos Baghdatis,[10] and Marinko Matosevic[11] to face Andy Roddick in the semifinals. Darcis retired a set down at 1–3 due to a back injury.[12]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Darcis beat Tomáš Berdych in the first round.[13]

In the first round at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships on 24 June, Darcis defeated fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal in straight sets.[14] 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.[15][16][17] 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.[18]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (2–1)Edit

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

Challenger and Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 38 (19–19)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (10–12)
ITF Futures Tour (9–7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5–7)
Clay (12–10)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (2–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2003 Great Britain F10, Glasgow Futures Hard (i)   Andy Murray 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 1–1 Nov 2003 Czech Rep. F6, Hrotovice Futures Carpet   Jan Mašík 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
Loss 1–2 May 2004 Italy F5, Padova Futures Clay   José Antonio Sánchez de Luna 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–7(8–10)
Loss 1–3 Jul 2004 Germany F11, Trier Futures Clay   Éric Prodon 3–6, 3–6
Loss 1–4 Jan 2005 Germany F1, Nußloch Futures Carpet (i)   Robin Vik 2–6, 3–6
Win 2–4 Jan 2005 France F1, Deauville Futures Clay (i)   Olivier Vandewiele 6–2, 6–1
Win 3–4 Jan 2005 France F2, Feucherolles Futures Hard (i)   Jean-Michel Péquery 6–4, 7–6(7–1)
Win 4–4 Mar 2005 France F4, Lille Futures Hard (i)   Roman Valent 7–5, 6–3
Loss 4–5 Oct 2005 Kolding, Denmark Challenger Hard (i)   Dmitry Tursunov 3–6, 4–6
Loss 4–6 Nov 2005 Eckental, Germany Challenger Carpet (i)   Michael Berrer 3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Loss 4–7 Apr 2006 France F7, Angers Futures Clay (i)   Stéphane Bohli 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 3–6
Win 5–7 Apr 2007 France F6, Angers Futures Clay (i)   Xavier Pujo 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Win 6–7 Apr 2007 Turkey F3, Belek Futures Clay   Dušan Karol 6–3, 6–3
Win 7–7 Nov 2007 Helsinki, Finland Challenger Hard (i)   Tobias Kamke 6–3, 1–6, 6–4
Loss 7–8 Jun 2009 Prostějov, Czech Republic Challenger Clay   Jan Hájek 2–6, 6–1, 4–6
Loss 7–9 Mar 2010 Barletta, Italy Challenger Clay   Pere Riba 3–6, 0–0 ret.
Win 8–9 Aug 2010 Cordenons, Italy Challenger Clay   Daniel Muñoz de la Nava 6–2, 6–4
Loss 8–10 Oct 2010 Mons, Belgium Challenger Hard (i)   Adrian Mannarino 5–7, 2–6
Win 9–10 Jul 2011 Scheveningen, Netherlands Challenger Clay   Marsel İlhan 6–3, 4–6, 6–2
Win 10–10 Aug 2011 Trani, Italy Challenger Clay   Leonardo Mayer 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 10–11 Feb 2012 Dallas, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Jesse Levine 4–6, 4–6
Loss 10–12 May 2013 Ostrava, Czech Republic Challenger Clay   Jiří Veselý 4–6, 4–6
Win 11–12 Aug 2013 Netherlands F5, Enschede Futures Clay   Thomas Schoorel 7–6(7–2), 6–1
Loss 11–13 Jun 2014 Belgium F1, Damme Futures Clay   Joris De Loore 5–7, 3–6
Loss 11–14 Jul 2014 Belgium F7, Middelkerke Futures Clay   Niels Desein 3–6, 6–3, 6–7(6–8)
Win 12–14 Aug 2014 Belgium F10, Eupen Futures Clay   Richard Becker 7–6(7–5), 6–1
Win 13–14 Sep 2014 Belgium F14, Arlon Futures Clay   Scott Griekspoor 6–2, 6–2
Loss 13–15 Oct 2014 Mons, Belgium Challenger Hard (i)   David Goffin 3–6, 3–6
Win 14–15 Oct 2014 Rennes, France Challenger Hard (i)   Nicolas Mahut 6–2, 6–4
Win 15–15 Jan 2015 Nouméa, New Caledonia Challenger Hard   Adrián Menéndez Maceiras 6–3, 6–2
Win 16–15 Jun 2016 Lyon, France Challenger Clay   Thiago Monteiro 3–6, 6–2, 6–0
Loss 16–16 Jun 2016 Blois, France Challenger Clay   Carlos Berlocq 2–6, 0–6
Loss 16–17 Aug 2016 Liberec, Czech Republic Challenger Clay   Arthur De Greef 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Win 17–17 Aug 2016 Trnava, Slovakia Challenger Clay   Jordi Samper Montaña 6–3, 6–4
Loss 17–18 Oct 2016 Budapest, Hungary Challenger Hard (i)   Marius Copil 4–6, 2–6
Win 18–18 Nov 2016 Eckental, Germany Challenger Carpet (i)   Alex de Minaur 6–4, 6–2
Win 19–18 May 2017 Bordeaux, France Challenger Clay   Rogério Dutra Silva 7–6(7–2), 4–6, 7–5
Loss 19–19 Feb 2019 Cherbourg, France Challenger Hard (i)   Ugo Humbert 7–6(8–6), 3–6, 3–6

Doubles: 10 (6–4)Edit

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (3–2)
ITF Futures Tour (3–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (5–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2003 Czech Rep. F5, Frýdlant nad Ostravicí Futures Hard   Bart de Gier   Flavio Cipolla
  Alessandro da Col
7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Loss 1–1 Jun 2004 France F8, Blois Futures Clay   Stefan Wauters   Brian Dabul
  Diego Hartfield
5–7, 4–6
Win 2–1 Jan 2005 France F1, Deauville Futures Clay (i)   Stefan Wauters   Steven Korteling
  Nick van der Meer
6–4, 6–4
Win 3–1 Jul 2005 Montauban, France Challenger Clay   Stefan Wauters   Gabriel Trujillo Soler
  Lovro Zovko
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
Loss 3–2 Jul 2005 Scheveningen, Netherlands Challenger Clay   Kristof Vliegen   Julien Benneteau
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–5, 5–7, 6–7(5–7)
Win 4–2 Apr 2007 Turkey F2, Manavgat Futures Clay   Fred Hemmes   Brett Ross
  Arnar Sigurdsson
6–2, 6–4
Loss 4–3 Apr 2007 Turkey F3, Belek Futures Clay   Fred Hemmes   Dušan Karol
  Jeroen Masson
3–6, 6–7(1–7)
Loss 4–4 May 2007 San Remo, Italy Challenger Clay   Stefan Wauters   Sanchai Ratiwatana
  Sonchat Ratiwatana
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Win 5–4 Feb 2010 Tanger, Morocco Challenger Clay   Dominik Meffert   Uladzimir Ignatik
  Martin Kližan
5–7, 7–5, [10–7]
Win 6–4 May 2013 Ostrava, Czech Republic Challenger Clay   Olivier Rochus   Tomasz Bednarek
  Mateusz Kowalczyk
7–5, 7–5

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2019 French Open.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q2 A 1R 1R Q3 A 1R 1R A Q3 1R 3R A 1R 0 / 7 2–7
French Open A A Q1 Q3 A 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R A 1R 2R 1R A Q3 0 / 9 4–9
Wimbledon A A Q2 A A 1R 2R A Q2 1R 2R* Q2 1R A 2R A 0 / 6 3–5
US Open A A A Q1 1R 2R 1R A 2R 2R A 1R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 9 5–9
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–4 1–4 1–1 3–2 1–4 1–2 0–1 1–3 2–3 3–4 0–0 0–1 0 / 31 14–30
National Representation
Summer Olympics NH Not Held NH 1R Not Held 3R Not Held A Not Held 0 / 2 2–2
Davis Cup A A PO A A 1R PO 1R 1R PO 1R PO F PO F A 0 / 6 22–11
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–4 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–1 3–0 0–2 4–2 1–0 4–3 0–0 0–0 0 / 7 24–13
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 2R A A 2R Q1 A A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
Miami Open A A A A A Q1 1R A A 1R Q1 A 3R A A A A 0 / 3 2–3
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A Q2 A A Q2 Q1 A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1
Madrid Open A A A A A 1R A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Italian Open A A A A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 1–1
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A Q1 A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters NMS A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A Q1 A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
German Open A A A A A 1R Not Masters Series 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0 / 9 5–9
Career statistics
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 0 0 1 3 21 18 6 6 18 7 1 11 5 18 0 4 119
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 1 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 2 / 3
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 6–2 21–23 6–18 6–6 9–6 22–17 5–6 0–3 12–13 4–5 20–20 0–0 3–4 114–125
Year-end Ranking 482 368 153 483 86 61 122 109 88 93 164 160 86 86 77 n/a 47.7%

* At Wimbledon 2013, Darcis withdrew prior to the second round

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 3 1–3
French Open QF A A A 1R A A 1R A 1R A 0 / 4 3–4
Wimbledon 1R A A A 3R A A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
US Open 1R A A A 1R A A 1R A 3R A 0 / 4 2–4
Win–Loss 3–4 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 0 / 13 8–13

Wins over top-10 opponentsEdit

No. Opponent Rank Event Surface Round Score Darcis
Rank
2012
1.   Tomáš Berdych 7 Olympics, London, United Kingdom Grass 1R 6–4, 6–4 75
2013
2.   Rafael Nadal 5 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 1R 7–6(7–4), 7–6(10–8), 6–4 135
2017
3.   Pablo Carreño Busta 10 China Open, Beijing, China Hard 1R 6–0, 6–4 73

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Rankings
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