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Who The Hell Was Marita Redondo?

REDONDO, MARITA (Marita A Redondo)
United States
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"
[Active 1972-1981]

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.

Quote:
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.

Titles: won at least 14 titles-among the most important were:

1972: Pacific Southwest1976: Midland Futures
1978: Avon Futures of San Diego

WTA Rankings

1975: #60
1976: #17 (peaked at #14 on computer early in year)
1977: not ranked
1978: #16
1979: #37
1980: #97






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1980 WTA Media Guide, page 115

Who The Hell Was Marita Redondo? (A Blast Thread)
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The San Diego Historical Center has files/Clippings of Marita in the Custado collection:
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/findaid/ms169.html

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]


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Who the hell was Marita Redondo?

A person I consider very knowledgeable about tennis recently asked this question.

Marita was, in fact, pardon the phrase, a hell of of good tennis player. What makes her relatively obscure today is her best tennis was packed into two seasons interrupted by a pregnancy in the middle.

She quit the circuit in 1980, got married, and as of 2015 is the mom of 3 and a grandmother.

This is her thread.

P. S. For good introduction to her career please read the first post above, which gives a short summary of her career.


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From: http://www.sandiegotennis.com/hof/20...ta_redondo.htm

Marita Redondo (1956- )

Marita Redondo was born in San Diego and was raised in National City. From an early age, it became apparent that she would be a force to be reckoned with in tennis. With her signature devastating forehand and powerful game, she won the US nationals in the 14and the 16 and under divisions, and she was runner-up in the 18 and under. A graduate of Our Lady of Peace in 1974, Marita played on the Virginia Slims tour from 1973 to 1980, and she qualified for the Slims championships in Los Angeles and Oakland. In 1973, she played on the Wightman Cup team at which time she teamed with Chris Evert. That same year, at the Atlantic City Tennis Classic, Marita lost in the finals to Evert, and they captured the doubles. Tennis Magazine awarded her most improved player in 1973. She played World Team Tennis in 1976 for the LA Strings and in 1978 for the Seattle Cascades. Marita had semifinal results in Dallas and Detroit in singles and was doubles finalist in Dallas. She won the Bridgestone Doubles Championships in 1976 and the Sillook Championships in Japan in 1976, 1978 and 1979. Her highest US ranking was five in 1976 and her career-best world ranking was nine. Marita had wins over Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Virginia Wade and Wendy Turnbull. Subsequent to her years on the tour, Marita held the position of tennis director and head professional at the Handlery Swim and Tennis Club from 1990 to 1992. She was the director of racquet sports/childcare from 1992 to 2000 at Frog’s Athletic Club in San Diego. Marita was the assistant general manager from 2000 to 2002 at Frog’s Club One, before serving as their general manager until 2007. She is currently the sports director at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, overseeing tennis, aquatics, fitness, spa, retail and housekeeping. She received the Breitbard Athletic Award in 1970 and 1971, has received the Sports Illustrated Award of Merit trophy and is an inductee of the San Diego Hall of Champions. Marita has three sons John, Nick, Gannon and a grandson Julian Henri Chanfreau.


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Inducted into the San Diego tennis hall of fame in 2012:
http://www.ranchosantafereview.com/n...nto-san-diego/


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From a blog post at: http://www.kennethinthe212.com/2009/...a-redondo.html

Apparently this was on Chris Evert's facebook page:

Marita Redondo. Funny, I just read this on Chrissie's Facebook page today:

* 1976 (Mar. 5) Evert def. Marita Redondo 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (0). SF Virginia Slims of San Francisco (carpet). A Californian of Filipino descent, Redondo has pushed Chris all through the juniors and on into their pro careers. With her booming groundstrokes, Redondo could beat anybody on a given day, and here in San Francisco she has upset Virginia Wade 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 for her latest shot at Chris.

The crowd of 6,000+ at Civic Auditorium witnesses the first match in Virginia Slims history to involve three tiebreak sets. Unleashing a barrage of winners from both wings, Marita comes to match point in the second set and seems to have it won three separate times with her bullet forehand, but Evert scrapes them all back and finally charges the net to force a Redondo error. Far from wilting in the third set after coming so close, Marita charges to a 5-1 lead only to have Chris make a valiant five-game run. Redondo’s ankle cramps in the 12th game, and although she fights through it to achieve 6-6, she can’t manage a single point in the last tiebreak.


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THE MATCH


1976 (Mar. 5) Evert def. Marita Redondo 6-7 (4-5), 7-6 (5-2), 7-6 (5-0). SF Virginia Slims of San Francisco (carpet)

Notable as:
  • the first match in women's tennis/Virginia Slims history to involve three tiebreak sets
  • THE match of 1976. Some called it the best match ever.
Marita survived two match points at 3-5 in the third vs Lesley Hunt in the 2R. Then she took out #3 seed Wade in a tight 3-6 7-6 6-4 quarterfinal.

The world #1 was another matter. Chris Evert had won 3 Slims events in a row and never lost to Redondo.

Evert vs Redondo went on court at 7 pm in front of a full house of 6,000. The first set went to a tiebreak. Slims tiebreaks went to the first woman with 5 points, so 4 all was called "sudden death."

Chrissie led 5-2 in the second, but Redondo scampered about the court belting forehand winners at will to get ahead 6-5 with a match point. 3 times Marita hit screaming forehands-with Evert hanging on by miraculously getting all 3 shots to stay in the rally. Chris was finally able to come in to the net to Marita's weaker backhand side. The slice backhand crosscourt pass was out by less than an inch. Saved-Chris won the second tiebreak 5 to 2 to get even.

Fans must have thought Redondo was done, but the olive skinned beauty shot to a 5-1 lead. Was this curtains for Evert? Digging in for every point, the Floridian scrapped and clawed to 5-5. By now Redondo was cramping. At 6-5 it was Evert's turn to have a match point. Redondo saved it as the crowd roared with delight at a third tiebreak.

A hobbled Redondo couldn't shake off thigh cramps as Evert swept through a 5-0 tiebreak. Despite the somewhat anticlimactic ending the ladies got a 5 minute standing ovation. It had been a match for the ages.


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At some point in 1976 Marita had an affair with Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau, a French player who was married to fellow pro Gail Sheriff Chanfreau, best known for her doubles partership with Francoise Durr.

In March of 1977 Redondo gave birth to Jean-Baptiste II. Meanwhile Gail got a divorce-becoming Mrs Lovera.

By early 1978 Marita was on the circuit as a single mom, rare in those days.


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http://articles.latimes.com/1991-08-...virginia-slims

Veteran Players Find Going Rough in Slims Qualifying
Los Angeles Times --August 11, 1991|STEVEN HERBERT | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Kathy May-Paben and Marita Redondo Nicoll were two of the nation's top junior tennis players in the early 1970s and both earned top 10 rankings as professionals.

But May-Paben quit the tour in 1980 and Redondo Nicoll did the same a year later. Each cited burnout as the reason.

May-Paben and Redondo Nicoll, both 35, were given wild-card berths into the qualifying tournament for this week's $350,000 Virginia Slims of Los Angeles. However, both lost their matches on Saturday at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach.

Nathalie Herreman of France defeated May-Paben, 6-3, 6-4, and Redondo Nicoll was eliminated by England's Joanne Moore, 6-2, 6-3.

"I didn't feel like I played very well," May-Paben said. "I made a lot of unforced errors. I feel like I need to play a ton of matches and get match tough. I'm not playing the big points the way I should be. My concentration isn't there all the time."


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For those ever in the San Diego area the San Diego Historical Center has files/Clippings of Marita

http://www.sandiegohistory.org/findaid/ms169.html


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Hahaha! Thanks Rollo. That showed me!

Interesting to see that she was a top 20 player, so she wasn't a slouch. Thanks again for the info.
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It was fun putting it together BCP. I added in more about her match vs Evert. I wonder if it was ever filmed

CBS televised all the Slims finals that year. It might have been one of the last years cigarette commercials were on TV ? Those were the days!

Now if we could just dig up some film of that match.


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blast from the past. marita redondo! soounds like a sue barker type.. remember reading about her growing up and wondering why she didn't have a even better career.. didn't know she was a mother during her prime years until now....

wish there was video of her out there.. in regards to the classic evert match, i do know on youtube where there is a video of the final between evert and goolagong, there is a short brief commentary and video bit about this evert/redondo match beforehand showing redondo serving to evert and evert winning the point with a forehand drop shot off the serve (must have been a redondo 2nd serve since her serve looks weak) and talk of the 3 tiebreakers and the grueling time of the match... that is the ONLY few seconds of marita redondo, this match, that i've ever seen....
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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.
Though this makes for great drama, it's not accurate. Gail was already Mrs. Lovera in early 1976, meaning that when the child of Marita and Jean-Baptiste was born in 1977 Gail had been divorced and married to another man for over a year. Not quite as juicy, but the dates tell the story.

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