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New Champions at USTA Father-Son National Hard Court Champions at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

December 05, 2011
Top-seeded Brett and Brian Joelson of Beaverton, Ore., the eight-time defending Father and Son National Hard Court champions saw their eight-year winning streak come to an end as they dropped a thrilling 6-7 (9), 7-6 (5), 7-5 decision in the semifinals to fourth-seeded Peter and Tanner Smith of Los Alamitos, Calif. before a large crowd on Court No. 2.

Peter Smith, the head coach of the University of Southern California men's tennis team, and his 16-year-old son Tanner, fell in the Father and Son final to third-seeded Travis Rettenmaier of Las Vegas, Nev. and Tom Rettenmaier of Fountain Valley, Calif., 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Named "Club of the Year" for 2011 by the San Diego District Tennis Association, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is designated one of the "Top 50 Tennis Resorts" by Tennis Resorts Online. In addition to hosting the USTA National Men's & Women's 40 & Over Hard Courts, the USTA National Father & Son Hard Court Championships and the Grandfather & Grandson Hard Court Championships, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is home to the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships every March (one of the five-oldest tennis events in the world), and the USTA National Senior Women's Hard Court Tennis Championships in May. The Club also hosted the 2008 Fed Cup, and was also the proud host of the 2006 Davis Cup First Round Tie between the United States and Romania.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club enjoys a 75-year tradition of hosting tennis tournaments and tennis pros from around the world. Tennis legends who have played at the LJB&TC include Pancho Gonzales, Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, Maureen Connolly, Billie Jean King, Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, Roscoe Tanner, and John McEnroe.

About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. – One of California's most treasured beachfront resorts for more than 75 years, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and landmark Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole Par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California's only private beaches. For more information visit

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

La Jolla, Calif.

Surface: Hard

Men's Doubles


Neel Grover and Richard Leach (2), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Arthur Hernandez, Huntington Beach, Calf. and Carsten Hoffman (1), Newport Beach, Calif., 6-3, 6-4

Father-Son Doubles


Travis Rettenmaier, Las Vegas, Nev. and Tom Rettenmaier (3), Fountain Valley, Calif. , def. Peter Smith and Tanner Smith (4), Los Alamitos, Calif., 6-4, 3-6, 6-4


Peter Smith and Tanner Smith (4), Los Alamitos, Calif., def. Brett Joelson and Brian Joelson (1), Beaverton, Ore., 6-7(9), 7-6(5), 7-5

Travis Rettenmaier, Las Vegas, Nev. and Tom Rettenmaier (3), Fountain Valley, Calif. , def. Brett Morse-Karzen and Jerry Morse-Karzen (2), Wilmette, Ill. , 7-6 (1), 6-2

Grandfather-Grandson Doubles


William Robertson and Luke Robertson (2), Bloomington, Minn., def. Chuck Lia, Alpharetta, Ga., and Trenton Rodriguez (1), Foothill Ranch, Calif., 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

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