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 44)
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.

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; the essay was later republished in Wallace's collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.


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 two 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. Joyce currently coaches former world number one, Victoria Azarenka.

Personal Life

Joyce currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife, Jenna Joyce. They recently welcomed their daughter in May of 2016.


  1. ^ Wallace, David Foster. "The String Theory"
  2. ^ "Sharapova's long-time coach leaves job". RIA Novosti. January 16, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 

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