West Midlands ace who reached the UK Championship quarter-finals in 2010.

 

D.O.B. 11 Aug 1983

 

Lives Walsall

 

Turned Pro 2006

 

Best Ranking Performance: Quarter-finals, 2010 UK Championship, 2014 Haikou World Open

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £89,702

 

Highest Tournament Break 143 - UK Championship 2010 

 

Joyce's best moment of the 2013/14 season was a run to the quarter-finals of the Haikou World Open in China, matching his best performance in a ranking event. He beat the likes of Barry Hawkins and Kurt Maflin before losing to Marco Fu.

 

He also reached the last 32 of three other ranking events during the season and finished it placed 38th in the world rankings.

 

In 2012 he enjoyed a sensational win over Judd Trump at the UK Championship, coming from 5-2 down to win 6-5.

 

"I'm over the moon," said Joyce. "To my mind my world ranking's a false one. After I had a good run in this event a couple of years ago, I got attacked during a night out and ended up with a fractured elbow. It cost me four months physically, but mentally it probably cost me a lot longer."

 

Joyce enjoyed the highlight of his career in 2010 by reaching the quarter-finals of the UK Championship, winning six matches in snooker's second biggest ranking event. The West Midlands cueman had to win four matches just to get to the venue in Telford, beating Steve Davis in the last of those.


Joyce then shocked Ali Carter 9-6 in the first round proper, before seeing off Judd Trump 9-7. His superb run was finally ended by Mark Williams by a 9-7 scoreline, though Joyce had the consolation of making a break of 143 - the highest of his career and of the tournament.

 

In 2011 he won the Pink Ribbon pro-am event in Gloucester, beating Michael Holt in the final.


In 2008 he got to the final of the Masters qualifying tournament at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield. Victories over Peter Lines, Barry Hawkins, Kuldesh Johal, Andrew Higginson and Matthew Stevens gave him a chance of a wild card to Wembley, but he was no match for Trump in the final, losing 6-1.


He enjoyed an outstanding amateur career, winning the European Under-19 Championship in 2001, the English Open in 2005 and the English Amateur Championship in 2006.