Johan Van Herck announced on Monday that he will retire in 2023 and after 12 years as captain of the Belgian Davis Cup team. A day later, a first candidate for successor immediately came forward in Steve Darcis.
The 38-year-old Darcis was a mainstay of the Belgian team that played in the finals in 2015 and 2017. The Belgian surpassed himself time and time again and was nicknamed “Mister Daviscup” for good reason.
“I had Johan on the phone 2 days ago and then he informed me that he would stop at the end of the year,” says Darcis.
“For me, the Davis Cup has always been very important. Everyone knows that. I am therefore interested in the position of captain. But let’s be clear: only after Johan announced that he would stop at the end of the year. I have always I had a lot of respect for Johan and vice versa.”
“The federations will now consult and the players will also be involved. And then I hope that the choice falls on me”, Darcis is ambitious.
The Belgian men will travel to South Korea next week to complete the qualifications for the final phase of the Davis Cup in the weekend of 4 and 5 February. With a win, the Belgians qualify for the group stage of the Finals in September.