Michael Joyce (tennis)

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Michael Joyce
Full name Michael T. Joyce
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1973-02-01) February 1, 1973 (age 45)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro 1991
Retired 2003
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)[1]
Prize money $756,999
Career record 46–67
Career titles 0
3 Challengers
Highest ranking No. 64 (April 8, 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1996, 1997)
French Open 1R (1998)
Wimbledon 4R (1995)
US Open 2R (1991, 1993)
Career record 8–21
Career titles 0
2 Challengers
Highest ranking No. 181 (June 9, 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (1995)
US Open 1R (1993, 1995, 1996)

Michael T. Joyce (born February 1, 1973) is an American former tennis player, who turned professional in 1991. The right-hander reached his highest ATP singles ranking of World No. 64 in April 1996. He also became a coach of professional players, most notably former world number one, Maria Sharapova from 2004-2011.

Tennis career[edit]


He reached the final of the Wimbledon Jr event in 1991.

Professional tennis player[edit]

On the professional tour, Joyce won 3 Challenger events and reached the 4th round of the 1995 Wimbledon Championships.

He was the subject of an essay by David Foster Wallace in Esquire;[1] the essay was later republished in Wallace's collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and String Theory.


Joyce was the coach of Maria Sharapova, along with her father, Yuri Sharapov, from summer 2004 until January 2011, when he was replaced by Thomas Högstedt. During her cooperation with Joyce, Sharapova won three Grand Slam singles titles and reached the World No. 1 ranking.[2]

Joyce coached American tennis player Jessica Pegula from 2012-2017. While with Joyce, in 2013 before suffering from an injury, Pegula reached a career high singles world ranking of 123 and a doubles world ranking of 92.

In 2017, Joyce coached former world number one Victoria Azarenka for 8 months after she returned to competition following maternity leave. However, with family issues interrupting her schedule, the pair split at the end of the year[3] and Joyce took up the position of coach to Johanna Konta[4].

Personal Life[edit]

Joyce currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife Jenna and their daughter (born May 2016).


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