Martin Joyce has been a mainstay in Ty Tucker’s lineup the last four years. A two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and 2018 doubles All-American, Joyce is approaching 200 wins in his career. He will likely finish in the top-10 for most combined wins by any Buckeye. He was the Midwest Region Freshman of the Year after going undefeated in singles match his first season. In addition to leading the Buckeyes to deep runs in the NCAA tournament the last four years, he is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
What was been the most rewarding experience or opportunity during your time as a Buckeye student-athlete?
I think the most rewarding thing about being a Buckeye student-athlete was having the opportunity to be teammates over the last four years with people from all over the world. Before college I had really never gotten to know anyone from anywhere but the U.S. Now, I can say I know and am great friends for life with guys from five or six different countries. I was able to learn a lot about different cultures and grew as a person because of this.
What makes you a good candidate for this award? Is there anyone, in particular, you would like to thank for helping you during your time at Ohio State?
I make a good candidate for this award because I think I was able to balance and succeed on and off the court through my time at OSU. At times it was a real challenge being able to keep up with the schoolwork in an amazing program like the Fisher School of Business while being a part of such a competitive team like Ohio State Men’s Tennis. There are so many people that made it possible for me to be in the position I am now, but more than anyone I have to thank the coaching staff of Ty Tucker, Justin Kronauge, and David Schilling for always working with me and getting the best out of me. I also am very thankful to John Macko and Beth Pittman who helped me schedule all of my classes and find the best plan for me to do well in the classroom.
In your opinion what does it mean to be a student-athlete, especially at a university like Ohio State?
It is hard to fully put into words what being a student-athlete means at Ohio State. It is the biggest privilege I have ever had. To be able to represent a place with so much history and so much respect was incredible. To me it meant putting on the block O everyday and trying to represent it well and leave it better than when I came. Hopefully I was able to accomplish that in my time here because the University has done so much for me.
What are your post-college plans? After graduation, how do you plan to take what you have learned as a student-athlete into the business world/professional athletic endeavors?
Next fall I will be going to UT-Austin to get a Masters in Accounting at the McCombs School of Business. I think that time management is the biggest skill I have developed in my time at OSU and that it will really help me moving forward.