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

 

World Snooker Tour prize money 2011/12 + 2012/13 seasons (ranking events / PTCs only) £56,764

 

Highest Tournament Break 143 - UK Championship 2010 

 

The UK Championship is Joyce's favourite event and once again the tournament provided him with the highlight of his 2012/13 season.

 

After winning two matches to qualify for the venue in York, he was drawn against defending champion Judd Trump, and made a sensational comeback from 5-2 down to win 6-5.

 

"I'm over the moon, it wasn't a vintage performance by any means but it's the hardest game in the world when you're under pressure - I'm still shaking now to be honest," 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."

 

He lost to Ali Carter in the last 16. Joyce didn't reach the same heights in the remainder of the season and finished it ranked 42nd in the world.

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 Judd Trump in the final, losing 6-1.

 

Joyce could be Walsall's successor to former Crucible semi-finalist Steve James and looks to have a bright future in snooker.

He enjoyed an outstanding amateur career, winning the European Under-19 Championship in 2001, the English Open in 2005 and the prestigious English Amateur Championship in 2006, beating Martin O'Donnell 8-3 in the final.

 

Joyce also finished fifth on the 2005/06 Pontin's International Open Series, winning the second of eight events, to book a place on the Tour.