2008 Hall of Fame Inductees
J.F. Foulkes and Brian Joelson
J.F. Foulkes was British Columbia’s first great player and a member of the Victoria Lawn Tennis Club. Beginning in 1892, he won many regional and national tournaments in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Those included eight British Columbia championships, five Pacific Northwest titles in Tacoma, and two Washington State championships in Seattle. He also won the Canadian national championships three times from 1907-1910 and was ranked No. 1 in singles in the USTA Pacific Northwest (USTA/PNW) in 1914.
Foulkes played on the 1913 Canadian Davis Cup team with B.P. Schwengers and fellow USTA Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame member R.B. Powell. The 1913 team, with all of the players from the Victoria Lawn Tennis Club, was considered one of the best Davis Cup teams that Canada has ever produced. The Canadian team defeated Belgium and South Africa to reach the finals of the European zone but lost in the final of zone competition to the U.S. team.
Brian Joelson grew up in the Beaverton, Ore., area and while attending Aloha High School he won two Oregon State High School singles championships in 1978 and 1979. He played for Texas A&M where he was selected to the All-Southwest Conference tennis team and competed in the NCAA Championships.
Joelson turned professional in 1987 and while on the ATP Tour he played at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. He reached a career high singles ranking of No. 221 in 1992. Joelson excelled in USTA Pacific Northwest tournament play as well where he achieved the No. 1 ranking in men’s open singles seven times between 1985-1999. After retiring from the ATP Tour, he coached the famed Jensen brothers doubles team in the mid-1990s.
His most recent tennis accomplishment was winning the USTA Father & Son Hard Court Championship in 2007 with son Brett for an unprecedented 5th straight year. Like his father, Brett was a two-time high school state singles champion and played collegiate tennis at Texas A&M. Daughter Ashley currently plays on the UCLA tennis team.
Joelson has also served as a successful teaching professional at various tennis facilities in the Pacific Northwest and developed many junior players who competed at the collegiate level. He currently works as a financial planner and a part-time teaching pro at the Charbonneau Tennis Club in Wilsonville, Ore.