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Lori McNeil (born December 18, 1963) is an American tennis coach and former professional tennis player from the United States. McNeil was a singles semi-finalist at both the US Open in 1987 and Wimbledon in 1994, a women's doubles finalist at the Australian Open in 1987 with Zina Garrison and French Open mixed doubles winner in 1988 with Jorge Lozano.

Lori McNeil
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceHouston, Texas, USA
Born (1963-12-18) December 18, 1963 (age 55)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1983
Retired2002
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 3,441,604
Singles
Career record436–309
Career titles10 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 9 (July 4, 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1987)
French Open3R (1988, 1992, 1994)
WimbledonSF (1994)
US OpenSF (1987)
Doubles
Career record605–335
Career titles33 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 4 (November 9, 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1987)
French OpenQF (1987, 1992, 1993)
WimbledonSF (1987)
US OpenSF (1995, 1996)
Mixed doubles
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1997)
French OpenW (1988)
WimbledonF (1994)
US OpenQF (1992)

Contents

PersonalEdit

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.

CareerEdit

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 WTA Tour for 19 years from 1983–2002. 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).

In 1987, McNeil received the WTA Most Improved Player of the Year award.

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, the first time in Grand Slam history that a defending-champion had 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.

Despite never winning a women's doubles Grand Slam title, she reached the quarter-final stage or better on 22 occasions at Grand Slam level, and won multiple WTA-tour doubles titles with many of the leading doubles players of the era, including Martina Navratilova, Gigi Fernández, Rennae Stubbs, Katrina Adams, Zina Garrison and Helena Suková.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

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

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 runners-up)Edit

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 finalsEdit

Singles: 21 (10–11)Edit

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)Edit

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 timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

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

DoublesEdit

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 doublesEdit

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

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