|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||December 18, 1963|
San Diego, California
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one handed-backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (July 4, 1988)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1987)|
|French Open||3R (1988, 1992, 1994)|
|US Open||SF (1987)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (November 9, 1987)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (1987)|
|French Open||QF (1987, 1992, 1993)|
|US Open||SF (1995, 1996)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1997)|
|French Open||W (1988)|
|US Open||QF (1992)|
Lori McNeil (born December 18, 1963) is an American tennis coach and former top 10 professional tennis player. McNeil was a singles semifinalist at 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.
McNeil was born the youngest of four siblings to mother Dorothy and father Charlie McNeil, who played professional football with the San Diego Chargers during the 1960s. Moving from San Diego to Houston, McNeil developed her tennis skills at MacGregor Park playground, a public facility in the Third Ward district. It was there she became close childhood friends with fellow future professional tennis player, Zina Garrison.
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 No. 9 in singles (in 1988) and 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, she defeated Graf 7–6, 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 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 semifinals at Wimbledon before losing to eventual-champion Conchita Martínez, 6–3, 2–6, 8–10. This equalled McNeil's best-ever Grand Slam singles performance – she also reached the semifinals at the US Open in 1987 (after defeating six-time champion Chris Evert in the quarterfinals) where she lost to Graf, 6–4, 2–6, 4–6.
Despite never winning a women's doubles Grand Slam title, she reached the quarterfinal 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.
From 2001-2004, McNeil coached former top-5 player Amanda Coetzer. Partnering together, coach and student reached the doubles quarterfinals of the 2002 Australian Open. In 2004 and 2008, McNeil was also Assistant Coach to the US Olympic tennis teams.
In 2006, McNeil was inducted into the ITA Hall of Fame.
|Loss||1987||Australian Open||Grass||Zina Garrison|| Martina Navratilova |
|Loss||1987||French Open||Clay||Sherwood Stewart|| Pam Shriver |
|Win||1988||French Open||Clay||Jorge Lozano|| Brenda Schultz |
|Loss||1992||French Open||Clay||Bryan Shelton|| Arantxa Sánchez Vicario |
|Loss||1994||Wimbledon||Grass||T. J. Middleton|| Helena Suková |
|3–6, 7–5, 6–3|
|Loss||0–1||Feb 1986||Oklahoma City||Carpet (i)||Marcella Mesker||4–6, 6–4, 3–6|
|Loss||0–2||Jul 1986||Newport||Grass||Pam Shriver||4–6, 2–6|
|Win||1–2||Sep 1986||Tampa||Hard||Zina Garrison||2–6, 7–5, 6–2|
|Win||2–2||Sep 1986||Tulsa||Hard||Beth Herr||6–0, 6–1|
|Loss||2–3||Feb 1987||Oklahoma City||Hard||Elizabeth Smylie||6–4, 3–6, 5–7|
|Loss||2–4||Mar 1987||Piscataway||Carpet (i)||Helena Suková||0–6, 3–6|
|Loss||2–5||Sep 1987||New Orleans||Carpet (i)||Chris Evert||3–6, 5–7|
|Win||3–5||Feb 1988||Oklahoma City||Carpet (i)||Brenda Schultz||6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||3–6||May 1988||Geneva||Clay||Barbara Paulus||4–6, 7–5, 1–6|
|Win||4–6||Jul 1988||Newport||Grass||Barbara Potter||6–4, 4–6, 6–3|
|Loss||4–7||Jan 1989||Tokyo||Carpet (i)||Martina Navratilova||7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Win||5–7||Aug 1989||Albuquerque||Hard||Elna Reinach||6–1, 6–3|
|Win||6–7||Feb 1991||Denver||Carpet (i)||Manon Bollegraf||6–3, 6–4|
|Win||7–7||Apr 1991||Tokyo||Hard||Sabine Appelmans||2–6, 6–2, 6–1|
|Loss||7–8||Jul 1991||Westchester||Hard||Isabelle Demongeot||4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||7–9||Feb 1992||Oklahoma City||Hard (i)||Zina Garrison||5–7, 6–3, 5–7(10)|
|Win||8–9||Jun 1992||Eastbourne||Grass||Linda Wild||6–4, 6–4|
|Win||9–9||Jun 1993||Birmingham||Grass||Zina Garrison||6–4, 2–6, 6–3|
|Win||10–9||Jun 1994||Birmingham||Grass||Zina Garrison||6–2, 6–2|
|Loss||10–10||Jun 1995||Birmingham||Grass||Zina Garrison||3–6, 3–6|
|Loss||10–11||Nov 1995||Philadelphia||Carpet (i)||Steffi Graf||1–6, 6–4, 3–6|
|Win||1.||September 26, 1983||Bakersfield||Hard||Kyle Copeland|| Ann Henricksson |
|Loss||1.||April 1, 1985||Seabrook Island||Clay||Elise Burgin|| Svetlana Parkhomenko |
|Win||2.||October 21, 1985||Brighton||Carpet (i)||Catherine Suire|| Barbara Potter |
|4–6, 7–6(3), 6–4|
|Loss||2.||February 24, 1986||Oklahoma City||Carpet (i)||Catherine Suire|| Marcella Mesker |
|6–2, 6–7(1), 1–6|
|Loss||3.||October 6, 1986||Zürich||Carpet (i)||Alycia Moulton|| Steffi Graf |
|6–1, 4–6, 4–6|
|Win||3.||October 27, 1986||Indianapolis||Hard (i)||Zina Garrison|| Candy Reynolds |
|Win||4.||November 10, 1986||San Juan||Hard||Mercedes Paz|| Gigi Fernández |
|6–2, 3–6, 6–4|
|Win||5.||December 1, 1986||Buenos Aires||Clay||Mercedes Paz|| Manon Bollegraf |
|6–1, 2–6, 6–1|
|Loss||4.||January 12, 1987||Australian Open||Grass||Zina Garrison|| Martina Navratilova |
|Loss||5.||February 9, 1987||Oklahoma City||Hard||Kim Sands|| Svetlana Parkhomenko |
|Loss||6.||March 23, 1987||Washington D.C.||Carpet (i)||Zina Garrison|| Elise Burgin |
|1–6, 6–3, 4–6|
|Win||6.||March 29, 1987||Piscataway||Carpet (i)||Gigi Fernández|| Betsy Nagelsen |
|Loss||7.||April 6, 1987||Hilton Head||Clay||Zina Garrison|| Mercedes Paz |
|Loss||8.||April 20, 1987||Houston||Clay||Zina Garrison|| Kathy Jordan |
|Win||7.||July 13, 1987||Newport||Grass||Gigi Fernández|| Anne Hobbs |
|Loss||9.||August 10, 1987||Los Angeles||Hard||Zina Garrison|| Martina Navratilova |
|Win||8.||August 17, 1987||Toronto||Hard||Zina Garrison|| Claudia Kohde-Kilsch |
|Win||9.||August 24, 1987||Mahwah||Hard||Gigi Fernández|| Anne Hobbs |
|Win||10.||September 28, 1987||New Orleans||Carpet (i)||Zina Garrison|| Peanut Louie Harper |
|Loss||10.||October 12, 1987||Filderstadt||Carpet (i)||Zina Garrison|| Martina Navratilova |
|Loss||11.||November 9, 1987||Chicago||Carpet (i)||Zina Garrison|| Claudia Kohde-Kilsch |
|Win||11.||February 8, 1988||Dallas||Carpet (i)||Eva Pfaff|| Gigi Fernández |
|2–6, 6–4, 7–5|
|Win||12.||February 29, 1988||San Antonio||Hard||Helena Suková|| Rosalyn Fairbank |
|6–3, 6–7(5), 6–2|
|Win||13.||April 4, 1988||Hilton Head||Clay||Martina Navratilova|| Claudia Kohde-Kilsch |
|6–2, 2–6, 6–3|
|Loss||12.||April 18, 1988||Houston||Clay||Martina Navratilova|| Katrina Adams |
|7–6(4), 2–6, 4–6|
|Loss||13.||July 11, 1988||Newport||Grass||Gigi Fernández|| Rosalyn Fairbank |
|Loss||14.||October 3, 1988||New Orleans||Hard||Betsy Nagelsen|| Beth Herr |
|Win||14.||October 24, 1988||Brighton||Carpet (i)||Betsy Nagelsen|| Isabelle Demongeot |
|7–6(5), 2–6, 7–6(4)|
|Win||15.||November 7, 1988||Chicago||Carpet (i)||Betsy Nagelsen|| Larisa Savchenko |
|6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|Loss||15.||November 28, 1988||Adelaide||Hard||Jana Novotná|| Sylvia Hanika |
|5–7, 7–6(4), 4–6|
|Win||16.||February 27, 1989||Oklahoma City||Hard (i)||Betsy Nagelsen|| Elise Burgin |
|Loss||16.||March 20, 1989||Key Biscayne||Hard||Gigi Fernández|| Jana Novotná |
|Loss||17.||April 24, 1989||Houston||Clay||Gigi Fernández|| Katrina Adams |
|Win||17.||May 22, 1989||Geneva||Clay||Katrina Adams|| Larisa Savchenko |
|2–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||18.||July 17, 1989||Newport||Grass||Gigi Fernández|| Elizabeth Smylie |
|6–3, 6–7(5), 7–5|
|Win||19.||October 23, 1989||Brighton||Carpet (i)||Katrina Adams|| Hana Mandlíková |
|4–6, 7–6(7), 6–4|
|Win||20.||October 30, 1989||Indianapolis||Hard (i)||Katrina Adams|| Claudia Porwik |
|Loss||18.||February 11, 1991||Denver||Carpet (i)||Patty Fendick|| Lise Gregory |
|Win||21.||May 20, 1991||Strasbourg||Clay||Stephanie Rehe|| Manon Bollegraf |
|6–7(2), 6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||19.||July 22, 1991||Westchester||Hard||Katrina Adams|| Rosalyn Fairbank |
|Win||22.||September 30, 1991||Milan||Carpet (i)||Sandy Collins|| Sabine Appelmans |
|Loss||20.||October 7, 1991||Zürich||Carpet (i)||Zina Garrison|| Jana Novotná |
|Loss||21.||October 21, 1991||Brighton||Carpet (i)||Zina Garrison|| Pam Shriver |
|Win||23.||February 17, 1992||Oklahoma City||Hard (i)||Nicole Provis|| Katrina Adams |
|3–6, 6–4, 7–6(6)|
|Loss||22.||May 18, 1992||Strasbourg||Clay||Mercedes Paz|| Patty Fendick |
|Win||24.||June 8, 1992||Birmingham||Grass||Rennae Stubbs|| Sandy Collins |
|5–7, 6–3, 8–6|
|Win||25.||August 17, 1992||Montreal||Hard||Rennae Stubbs|| Gigi Fernández |
|3–6, 7–5, 7–5|
|Runner-up||23.||January 11, 1993||Sydney||Hard||Rennae Stubbs|| Pam Shriver |
|Runner-up||24.||February 1, 1993||Tokyo||Carpet (i)||Rennae Stubbs|| Martina Navratilova |
|Win||26.||June 7, 1993||Birmingham||Grass||Martina Navratilova|| Pam Shriver |
|Win||27.||March 28, 1994||Hilton Head||Clay||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario|| Gigi Fernández |
|6–4, 4–1 ret.|
|Win||28.||May 16, 1994||Strasbourg||Clay||Rennae Stubbs|| Patricia Tarabini |
|6–3, 3–6, 6–2|
|Runner-up||25.||March 6, 1995||Delray Beach||Hard||Larisa Neiland|| Mary Joe Fernández |
|Runner-up||26.||October 16, 1995||Brighton||Carpet (i)||Helena Suková|| Meredith McGrath |
|Win||29.||October 30, 1995||Oakland||Carpet (i)||Helena Suková|| Katrina Adams |
|3–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Win||30.||November 6, 1995||Philadelphia||Carpet (i)||Helena Suková|| Meredith McGrath |
|4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||27.||January 8, 1996||Sydney||Hard||Helena Suková|| Lindsay Davenport |
Mary Joe Fernández
|Runner-up||28.||February 19, 1996||Essen||Carpet (i)||Helena Suková|| Meredith McGrath |
|6–3, 3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||29.||June 10, 1996||Birmingham||Grass||Nathalie Tauziat|| Elizabeth Smylie |
|3–6, 6–3, 1–6|
|Runner-up||30.||November 11, 1996||Philadelphia||Carpet (i)||Nicole Arendt|| Lisa Raymond |
|4–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Win||31.||October 26, 1998||Quebec City||Hard (i)||Kimberly Po|| Chanda Rubin |
|6–7(3), 7–5, 6–4|
|Win||32.||February 19, 2001||Oklahoma City||Hard (i)||Amanda Coetzer|| Janet Lee |
|6–3, 2–6, 6–0|
|Runner-up||31.||May 21, 2001||Strasbourg||Clay||Amanda Coetzer|| Silvia Farina Elia |
|Win||33.||September 10, 2001||Bahia||Hard||Amanda Coetzer|| Nicole Arendt |
|6–7(8), 6–2, 6–4|
|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|
|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|
|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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