Lori McNeil

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Lori McNeil
Country  United States
Residence Houston, Texas, USA
Born (1963-12-18) December 18, 1963 (age 51)
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 $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)
Last updated on: June 22, 2012.

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[edit]

McNeil played on the WTA Tour for 19 years from 1983–2002. During that time she won one Grand Slam mixed doubles title at the French Open in 1988 (partnering 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.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

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

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

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

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

WTA Tour Finals[edit]

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

Grand Slam tournament timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

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
Career statistics
Year end ranking NR NR 144 97 93 14 11 13 37 52 19 15 25 17 34 83 305 91 869

Doubles[edit]

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
Career statistics
Year end ranking 72 33 28 4 10 16 22 19 14 12 15 15 13 37 50 95 58 29 89

Mixed doubles[edit]

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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