13 March 1984 |
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 44 (12 May 2008)|
|Current ranking||No. 207 (17 February 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)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2012)|
|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)|
|US Open||1R (2008, 2012)|
|Last updated on: 8 July 2013.|
Steve Darcis //  (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 is best known for his straight sets victory over Rafael Nadal in the 1st round of Wimbledon 2013.
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. 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).
|Junior Grand Slam Tournaments|
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.
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.
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.
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. This makes him 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.
ATP career finals
Singles: 3 (2–1)
|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)|
|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 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||NH||1R||Not Held||3R||NH||2–2|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||2R||A||A||2R||Q1||2–2|
|Hamburg Masters||A||1R||Not Masters Series||0–1|
|Year End Ranking||86||61||122||109||88||93||164|
Doubles performance timeline
Current through the 2012 US Open (tennis).
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
- Rumsby, Ben (25 June 2013). "Wimbledon 2013: after defeating Rafael Nadal in the first round". Telegraph. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- 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.
- S.F. (7 December 2012). "Steve Darcis : "Je serai papa en juin"" (in French). DH.be. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- "Steve Darcis heureux papa d’une petite Camille". L'Avenir (in French). 29 May 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- Association of Tennis Professionals (5 December 2007). "11 Players Break into 2007 Century Club". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 6 december 2007.
- "Spain's Albert Montanes wins Dutch Open". 20 July 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- "Darcis qualifié à Eastbourne" (in French). Ethiastrophy.be. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- "Roddick, Harrison reach Eastbourne quarters". Fox News. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- "ATP Eastbourne - Steve Darcis en demi-finales" (in French). DH.be. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- "Andy Roddick Earns 600th Career Win After Steve Darcis Retires At Eastbourne". The Huffington Post. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- Kinder, Lucy (28 July 2012). "London Olympics: Tomas Berdych crashes out". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- "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.
- "Rafael Nadal knocked out of Wimbledon by Belgian Steve Darcis". Guardian. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- "Steve Darcis withdraws with shoulder injury". Guardian UK. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- Steve Darcis at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Darcis Recent Match Results
- Darcis World Ranking History
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Steve Darcis.|