Michael Joyce (tennis)

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Michael Joyce
Full nameMichael T. Joyce
Country (sports) United States
Born (1973-02-01) February 1, 1973 (age 46)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro1991
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)[1]
Prize money$756,999
Career record46–67
Career titles0
3 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 64 (April 8, 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1996, 1997)
French Open1R (1998)
Wimbledon4R (1995)
US Open2R (1991, 1993)
Career record8–21
Career titles0
2 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 181 (June 9, 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (1995)
US Open1R (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, where he was runner-up to Thomas Enqvist.

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] In October 2018, Joyce split ways with Konta and began coaching Eugenie Bouchard.[5] In April 2019, Joyce split ways with Bouchard[6], two months later he started to work with Tímea Babos[7].

Personal life[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b Wallace, David Foster (2008-09-17). "The String Theory". Esquire. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Sharapova's long-time coach leaves job". RIA Novosti. January 16, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.wtatennis.com/news/azarenka-splits-coach-joyce
  4. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/johanna-konta-hires-maria-sharapovas-fantastic-former-coach-l57hpbm2j
  5. ^ https://www.womenstennisblog.com/2018/10/10/konta-splits-with-coach-michael-joyce-bochard-hires-him/
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/mikejoyce73/status/1121942095877554176?s=21
  7. ^ "Wimbledon: Babos Tímea amerikai sztáredzővel készül". Nemzeti Sport (in Hungarian). Retrieved 20 June 2019.

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