Mark Joyce makes his television debut this Saturday at the Royal London Watches Grand Prix in Aberdeen.

It gets better for him - he's making it against Ronnie O'Sullivan.

As he told me at the qualifiers, 'this is the reason I play the game.'

Mark has only been on the circuit since the start of last season. Indeed, this is only the ninth ranking event he has played in.

What chance does he have of causing an upset? You never know which Ronnie will turn up, of course, but it can be hard adjusting to the different conditions. TV lights, a big arena and, we hope, a large crowd will take some getting used to.

Nevertheless, Mark should think of his friend and fellow West Midlander Martin Clark, who made his TV debut at the 1987 International in Stoke against Dennis Taylor, then very much one of the sport's top stars.

The result? Clark 5, Taylor 0.

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