Lori McNeil

Lori McNeil

Lori McNeil
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Houston, Texas, USA
Born (1963-12-18) December 18, 1963
San Diego, California, USA
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 2002
Plays Right-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money US$ 3,441,604
Singles
Career record 436–309
Career titles 10 WTA
Highest ranking No. 9 (July 4, 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1987)
French Open 3R (1988, 1992, 1994)
Wimbledon SF (1994)
US Open SF (1987)
Doubles
Career record 605–335
Career titles 33 WTA
Highest ranking No. 4 (November 9, 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1987)
French Open QF (1987, 1992, 1993)
Wimbledon SF (1987)
US Open SF (1995, 1996)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1997)
French Open W (1988)
Wimbledon F (1994)
US Open QF (1992)

Lori McNeil (born December 18, 1963, in San Diego, California) is an African American tennis coach and former professional tennis player from the United States. McNeil was a childhood friend of fellow African-American pro Zina Garrison. Lori's father Charlie McNeil played professional football with the San Diego Chargers in the 1960s.

Career

Lori McNeil attended Oklahoma State University for two years and played tennis for the Cowgirls, reaching the 1983 NCAA Quarterfinals (losing to eventual champion Beth Herr from USC). McNeil played on the Jorge Lozano). She won a total of 10 singles and 33 doubles titles during her career. Her career-high world rankings were World No. 9 in singles (in 1988), and World No. 4 in doubles (in 1987).

McNeil is perhaps best remembered for her results against Steffi Graf. In 1992, McNeil defeated Graf 7–5, 6–4 in the first round of the WTA Tour Championships, marking the first time since 1985 that Graf had lost in the opening round of a tournament. Then, in 1994, McNeil beat Graf 7–5, 7–6 (7–5) in the first round at Wimbledon, marking the first time in Grand Slam history that a defending-champion suffered a first round loss.

That year, McNeil went on to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon before losing to eventual-champion Conchita Martínez 3–6, 6–2, 10–8. This equalled McNeil's best-ever Grand Slam singles performance – she also reached the semi-finals at the US Open in 1987 (after defeating six-time champion Chris Evert in the quarterfinals) where she lost to Graf 4–6, 6–2, 6–4.

Grand Slam finals

Women's doubles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1987 Australian Open Grass Zina Garrison Martina Navratilova
Pam Shriver
6–1, 6–0

Mixed doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1987 French Open Clay Sherwood Stewart Pam Shriver
Emilio Sánchez
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 1988 French Open Clay Jorge Lozano Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Michiel Schapers
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 1992 French Open Clay Bryan Shelton Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Mark Woodforde
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1994 Wimbledon Grass T. J. Middleton Helena Suková
Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 7–5, 6–3

WTA Tour Finals

Singles: 21 (10–11)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–1)
Tier II (1–0)
Tier III (2–2)
Tier IV (2–1)
Tier V (3–2)
Virginia Slims (2–5)
Titles by surface
Hard (4–3)
Grass (4–2)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (2–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. February 24, 1986 Oklahoma City Carpet (I) Marcella Mesker 4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 2. July 14, 1986 Newport Grass Pam Shriver 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. September 15, 1986 Tampa Hard Zina Garrison 2–6, 7–5, 6–2
Winner 2. September 22, 1986 Tulsa Hard Beth Herr 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 3. February 9, 1987 Oklahoma City Hard Elizabeth Smylie 6–4, 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 4. March 29, 1987 Piscataway Carpet (I) Helena Suková 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. September 28, 1987 New Orleans Carpet (I) Chris Evert 3–6, 5–7
Winner 3. February 22, 1988 Oklahoma City Carpet (I) Brenda Schultz 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 6. May 16, 1988 Geneva Clay Barbara Paulus 4–6, 7–5, 1–6
Winner 4. July 11, 1988 Newport Grass Barbara Potter 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 7. January 30, 1989 Tokyo Carpet (I) Martina Navratilova 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 5. August 14, 1989 Albuquerque Hard Elna Reinach 6–1, 6–3
Winner 6. February 11, 1991 Denver Carpet (I) Manon Bollegraf 6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. April 8, 1991 Tokyo Hard Sabine Appelmans 2–6, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 8. July 22, 1991 Westchester Hard Isabelle Demongeot 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. February 17, 1992 Oklahoma City Hard (I) Zina Garrison 5–7, 6–3, 5–7(10)
Winner 8. June 15, 1992 Eastbourne Grass Linda Wild 6–4, 6–4
Winner 9. June 7, 1993 Birmingham Grass Zina Garrison 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 10. June 6, 1994 Birmingham Grass Zina Garrison 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 10. June 12, 1995 Birmingham Grass Zina Garrison 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. November 6, 1995 Philadelphia Carpet (I) Steffi Graf 1–6, 6–4, 3–6

Doubles: 64 (33–31)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (3–2)
Tier II (4–8)
Tier III (8–5)
Tier IV (4–2)
Tier V (4–3)
Virginia Slims (10–10)
Titles by surface
Hard (13–9)
Grass (4–3)
Clay (6–7)
Carpet (10–12)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. September 26, 1983 Bakersfield Hard Kylie Copeland Ann Henricksson
Patricia Medrado
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. April 1, 1985 Seabrook Island Clay Elise Burgin Svetlana Parkhomenko
Larisa Savchenko
1–6, 3–6
Winner 2. October 21, 1985 Brighton Carpet (I) Catherine Suire Barbara Potter
Helena Suková
4–6, 7–6(3), 6–4
Runner-up 2. February 24, 1986 Oklahoma City Carpet (I) Catherine Suire Marcella Mesker
Pascale Paradis
6–2, 6–7(1), 1–6
Runner-up 3. October 6, 1986 Zürich Carpet (I) Alycia Moulton Steffi Graf
Gabriela Sabatini
6–1, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 3. October 27, 1986 Indianapolis Hard (I) Zina Garrison Candy Reynolds
Anne Smith
4–5 ret.
Winner 4. November 10, 1986 San Juan Hard Mercedes Paz Gigi Fernández
Robin White
6–2, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 5. December 1, 1986 Buenos Aires Clay Mercedes Paz Manon Bollegraf
Nicole Jagerman
6–1, 2–6, 6–1
Runner-up 4. January 12, 1987 Australian Open Grass Zina Garrison Martina Navratilova
Pam Shriver
1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 5. February 9, 1987 Oklahoma City Hard Kim Sands Svetlana Parkhomenko
Larisa Savchenko
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. March 23, 1987 Washington, D.C. Carpet (I) Zina Garrison Elise Burgin
Pam Shriver
1–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 6. March 29, 1987 Piscataway Carpet (I) Gigi Fernández Betsy Nagelsen
Elizabeth Smylie
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 7. April 6, 1987 Hilton Head Island Clay Zina Garrison Mercedes Paz
Eva Pfaff
6–7(6), 5–7
Runner-up 8. April 20, 1987 Houston Clay Zina Garrison Kathy Jordan
Martina Navratilova
2–6, 4–6
Winner 7. July 13, 1987 Newport Grass Gigi Fernández Anne Hobbs
Kathy Jordan
7–6(5), 7–5
Runner-up 9. August 10, 1987 Los Angeles Hard Zina Garrison Martina Navratilova
Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Winner 8. August 17, 1987 Toronto Hard Zina Garrison Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Helena Suková
6–1, 6–2
Winner 9. August 24, 1987 Mahwah Hard Gigi Fernández Anne Hobbs
Elizabeth Smylie
6–3, 6–2
Winner 10. September 28, 1987 New Orleans Carpet (I) Zina Garrison Peanut Louie Harper
Heather Ludloff
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 10. October 12, 1987 Filderstadt Carpet (I) Zina Garrison Martina Navratilova
Pam Shriver
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 11. November 9, 1987 Chicago Carpet (I) Zina Garrison Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Helena Suková
4–6, 3–6
Winner 11. February 8, 1988 Dallas Carpet (I) Eva Pfaff Gigi Fernández
Zina Garrison
2–6, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 12. February 29, 1988 San Antonio Hard Helena Suková Rosalyn Fairbank
Gretchen Magers
6–3, 6–7(5), 6–2
Winner 13. April 4, 1988 Hilton Head Island Clay Martina Navratilova Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Gabriela Sabatini
6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 12. April 18, 1988 Houston Clay Martina Navratilova Katrina Adams
Zina Garrison
7–6(4), 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. July 11, 1988 Newport Grass Gigi Fernández Rosalyn Fairbank
Barbara Potter
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 14. October 3, 1988 New Orleans Hard Betsy Nagelsen Beth Herr
Candy Reynolds
4–6, 4–6
Winner 14. October 24, 1988 Brighton Carpet (I) Betsy Nagelsen Isabelle Demongeot
Nathalie Tauziat
7–6(5), 2–6, 7–6(4)
Winner 15. November 7, 1988 Chicago Carpet (I) Betsy Nagelsen Larisa Savchenko
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 15. November 28, 1988 Adelaide Hard Jana Novotná Sylvia Hanika
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
5–7, 7–6(4), 4–6
Winner 16. February 27, 1989 Oklahoma City Hard (I) Betsy Nagelsen Elise Burgin
Elizabeth Smylie
w/o
Runner-up 16. March 20, 1989 Key Biscayne Hard Gigi Fernández Jana Novotná
Helena Suková
6–7(5), 4–6
Runner-up 17. April 24, 1989 Houston Clay Gigi Fernández Katrina Adams
Zina Garrison
3–6, 4–6
Winner 17. May 22, 1989 Geneva Clay Katrina Adams Larisa Savchenko
Natasha Zvereva
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 18. July 17, 1989 Newport Grass Gigi Fernández Elizabeth Smylie
Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 6–7(5), 7–5
Winner 19. October 23, 1989 Brighton Carpet (I) Katrina Adams Hana Mandlíková
Jana Novotná
4–6, 7–6(7), 6–4
Winner 20. October 30, 1989 Indianapolis Hard (I) Katrina Adams Claudia Porwik
Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 18. February 11, 1991 Denver Carpet (I) Patty Fendick Lise Gregory
Gretchen Rush
4–6, 4–6
Winner 21. May 20, 1991 Strasbourg Clay Stephanie Rehe Manon Bollegraf
Mercedes Paz
6–7(2), 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 19. July 22, 1991 Westchester Hard Katrina Adams Rosalyn Fairbank
Lise Gregory
5–7, 4–6
Winner 22. September 30, 1991 Milan Carpet (I) Sandy Collins Sabine Appelmans
Raffaella Reggi
7–6(0), 6–3
Runner-up 20. October 7, 1991 Zürich Carpet (I) Zina Garrison Jana Novotná
Andrea Strnadová
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 21. October 21, 1991 Brighton Carpet (I) Zina Garrison Pam Shriver
Natasha Zvereva
1–6, 2–6
Winner 23. February 17, 1992 Oklahoma City Hard (I) Nicole Provis Katrina Adams
Manon Bollegraf
3–6, 6–4, 7–6(6)
Runner-up 22. May 18, 1992 Strasbourg Clay Mercedes Paz Patty Fendick
Andrea Strnadová
3–6, 4–6
Winner 24. June 8, 1992 Birmingham Grass Rennae Stubbs Sandy Collins
Elna Reinach
5–7, 6–3, 8–6
Winner 25. August 17, 1992 Montreal Hard Rennae Stubbs Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
3–6, 7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 23. January 11, 1993 Sydney Hard Rennae Stubbs Pam Shriver
Elizabeth Smylie
6–7(4), 2–6
Runner-up 24. February 1, 1993 Tokyo Carpet (I) Rennae Stubbs Martina Navratilova
Helena Suková
4–6, 3–6
Winner 26. June 7, 1993 Birmingham Grass Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver
Elizabeth Smylie
6–3, 6–4
Winner 27. March 28, 1994 Hilton Head Island Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 4–1 ret.
Winner 28. May 16, 1994 Strasbourg Clay Rennae Stubbs Patricia Tarabini
Caroline Vis
6–3, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 25. March 6, 1995 Delray Beach Hard Larisa Neiland Mary Joe Fernández
Jana Novotná
4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 26. October 16, 1995 Brighton Carpet (I) Helena Suková Meredith McGrath
Larisa Neiland
5–7, 1–6
Winner 29. October 30, 1995 Oakland Carpet (I) Helena Suková Katrina Adams
Zina Garrison
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 30. November 6, 1995 Philadelphia Carpet (I) Helena Suková Meredith McGrath
Larisa Neiland
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 27. January 8, 1996 Sydney Hard Helena Suková Lindsay Davenport
Mary Joe Fernández
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 28. February 19, 1996 Essen Carpet (I) Helena Suková Meredith McGrath
Larisa Neiland
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 29. June 10, 1996 Birmingham Grass Nathalie Tauziat Elizabeth Smylie
Linda Wild
3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 30. November 11, 1996 Philadelphia Carpet (I) Nicole Arendt Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 31. October 26, 1998 Quebec City Hard (I) Kimberly Po Chanda Rubin
Sandrine Testud
6–7(3), 7–5, 6–4
Winner 32. February 19, 2001 Oklahoma City Hard (I) Amanda Coetzer Janet Lee
Wynne Prakusya
6–3, 2–6, 6–0
Runner-up 31. May 21, 2001 Strasbourg Clay Amanda Coetzer Silvia Farina Elia
Iroda Tulyaganova
1–6, 6–7(0)
Winner 33. September 10, 2001 Bahia Hard Amanda Coetzer Nicole Arendt
Patricia Tarabini
6–7(8), 6–2, 6–4

Grand Slam tournament timeline

Singles

Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Career SR
Australian Open A A 2R LQ 1R NH QF 4R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R A 3R 2R 1R A A 0 / 12
French Open A A A 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R A 1R 1R A 0 / 14
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R QF 2R 3R 4R 3R 3R 3R 2R SF 1R 3R 1R 3R A 0 / 15
US Open LQ A LQ 4R 1R 1R SF 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 15
SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 56
Year End Ranking NR NR 148 97 93 14 11 13 37 52 19 15 25 17 34 83 305 91 869

Doubles

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Career SR
Australian Open 2R 1R 1R NH F A QF 3R 3R 3R QF A QF 1R 3R A A A A QF 0 / 13
French Open A 1R 2R 1R QF 3R 2R 3R 1R QF QF 3R 1R A 2R 2R A 1R 1R 2R 0 / 17
Wimbledon A 2R 1R 1R SF QF QF 3R QF QF QF 3R QF 2R 3R 3R 1R 2R 3R 2R 0 / 19
US Open A 2R 3R 3R QF QF 1R QF 3R QF QF A SF SF 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 18
SR 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 67
Year End Ranking 72 33 28 4 10 16 22 19 14 12 15 15 13 37 50 95 58 29 89

Mixed doubles

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Career SR
Australian Open NH QF 1R A 1R 1R 1R A A QF 2R SF A A A A 1R 0 / 9
French Open 1R F W 1R 1R 1R F 2R 3R 2R A 2R QF A A A A 1 / 12
Wimbledon A 1R QF SF 3R 1R SF 2R F 3R 3R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R A 0 / 15
US Open 1R 2R 1R A 1R 1R QF 1R A 1R 1R 1R A A 1R A A 0 / 11
SR 0 / 2 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 47
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

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