REDONDO, MARITA (Marita A Redondo)
Born 19 February 1956 in National City, California
Married (1) James V. Stephens, 10 October 1981
Married (2) a Mr Nicoll by 1991
Height: 5' 5"
A mercurial Filipina-American who performed better in even numbered years, Marita Redondo packed a lot of power into a tiny frame. Inconsistent on off days, when her game was on she could belt flat forehand winners a plenty. Best on indoor surfaces, her highest result in a slam was the 4R of the 1978 US Open.
from a Seattle Times article in 1978--
At 110 [pounds] she looks like a fugitive from a high school gym class
The 5th of 9 children born to Filipino naval officer Taquino Redondo and a native Californian, Marita was raised on the cement hard courts of the San Diego area.
By late 1972 she was rising up the US rankings, winning the Pacific Southwest in Los Angleses. Her favorite tennis memory ever was defeating Evonne Goolagong at Akron on the 1973 USTA circuit-at the time Evonne was #3 in the world. Later that summer Redondo was RU to Chris Evert in Atlantic City and on the Wightman Cup team. At this point she was still an amateur.
In 1974 the youngster graduated from high school. Marita was good at horse riding, so good in fact she briefly considered giving up tennis in 1975.
Rededicated to tennis, in 1976 Marita set the Virginia Slims indoor circuit on fire. She reached 3 semifinals-in Detroit, San Francisco and Dallas. In San Francisco vs Evert she arely lost by 6-7 7-6 7-6, having a match point. This was the first match in women's tennis histroy to be decided by 3 tiebreak sets. Marita qualified her for the elite Virginia Slims Championships, where Redondo finished in 6th place. This was Redondo at her peak, going as high as #14 in the rankings. Her game fell off a cliff after the Slims circuit however, as she was beset by personal issues.
She gave birth to a son named Jean-Baptiste on 10 March 1977. He was a result of a union between Marita and male player Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau, who was married at that time to Gail Sherriff Chanfreau. With only 2 matches all year Redondo dropped off the rankings.
1978 saw a revival in her tennis fortunes with baby Jean in tow. Starting out on the Avon Futures circuit, the tiny won the San Diego event in her home state of California-winning 8 consecutive matches. Moving her up to the "big" circuit, Marita reached the semifinal in Seattle. She was also a finalist in the Futures Championships; and had one other quality finish by getting to the semifinals in the Tokyo Sillook event. Once again her game declined in the latter half of the year though in a pattern similar to 1976.
Never the same after 1978, she never reachedher former heights. Redondo was a spent force by 1981, the year she got married and effectively quit the circuit except for local one off events in 1982 and 1991.
She was Mrs Nicoll in 1991 when she qualified for an event in Los Angeles. The mother of 3 sons, she was a grandmother by 2012.
: won at least 14 titles-among the most important were:
1972: Pacific Southwest1976: Midland Futures
1978: Avon Futures of San Diego
1976: #17 (peaked at #14 on computer early in year)
1977: not ranked
1980 WTA Media Guide, page 115
Who The Hell Was Marita Redondo?
(A Blast Thread)
The San Diego Historical Center has files/Clippings of Marita in the Custado collection:
[Thanks to Rollo for this information]