LORI MCNEIL


Inspired by her mother’s love of the game, Lori McNeil (b. 1963) spent most of her formative years on the tennis court, growing into a champion. McNeil honed her skills at Houston’s MacGregor Park alongside her close friend Zina Garrison, guided by former American Tennis Association champion John Wilkerson. An All-American at Oklahoma State University, McNeil went pro in 1984. Two years later she reached the USTA Top 10 in singles, and climbed as high as No. 9 in the world rankings. She also represented her country on the U.S. Fed Cup and Wightman Cup teams.

With her classic serve-and-volley game, McNeil captured 32 career doubles titles, including the mixed doubles championship at the French Open in 1988. She also scored a stunning first-round victory over defending champion Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in 1994, eventually reaching the semifinals. Retiring from the tour in 2002, McNeil was named a USTA high peformance coach and was appointed assistant coach to the U.S. Olympic team in 2004, continuing to serve as a mentor and inspiration to a new generation of tennis players.

Career Highlights

  • All-American in singles and doubles, Oklahoma State University 1982
  • NCAA Big Eight Athletic Conference Singles Champion 1982
  • 10 WTA tour singles titles; 32 doubles titles 1984-2002
  • Career singles record 436-309
  • Ranked in the USTA Top 10 1986 (No. 9), 1987 (No. 5), 1988 (No. 6), 1991 (No. 6), 1992 (No. 4), 1993 (No. 6), 1994 (No. 7), 1995 (No. 8)
  • Ranked No. 4 in WTA world doubles rankings 1987; No. 9 in singles 1988
  • Wimbledon Singles Quarterfinalist 1986
  • Australian Open Singles Quarterfinalist 1987
  • U.S. Open Singles Semifinalist 1987; defeated Chris Evert in quarterfinals
  • Australian Open Doubles Finalist 1988 (with Zina Garrison)
  • French Open Mixed Doubles Champion 1988
  • Wimbledon Semifinalist in Singles 1994, defeated defending champion Steffi Graf in first round
  • Japan Open Singles Champion 1989
  • Eastbourne Singles Champion 1992
  • Birmingham Singles Champion 1993, 1994; Doubles Champion 1993 (with Martina Navratilova)
  • U.S. Indoor Doubles Champion 1986
  • Rogers Cup Doubles Champion 1987, 1992
  • U.S. Hardcourt Doubles Champion 1988
  • U.S. Wightman Cup Team Member 1987-9
  • U.S. Federation Cup Team Member 1988, 1992-3
  • Coached Amanda Coetzer 2001-4; paired with Coetzer to win 2 WTA doubles titles 2001
  • Senior Tennis Professional, USTA Junior Tennis Champions Center
  • Chair, Lori McNeil Tennis Foundation
  • Chair, Lori McNeil Celebrity Tennis Classic to support youth tennis programs in Bermuda
  • Inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame 2000
  • USTA High Performance Coach 2001-present
  • Assistant Coach, U.S. Olympic Women’s Tennis Team 2004
  • Captain, Maureen Connolly Challenge Cup Team 2004
  • U.S. Women’s Tennis Coach, World University Games 2005
  • WTA Mentor Appreciation Award for two-year mentorship of Vera Zvonareva 2006