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samn
Sep 3rd, 2010, 11:58 PM
I thought it'd be nice to discuss some of Lori's best moments:
1. Her VS of Oklahoma title that was the first pro tour final between two Black women, if I remember correctly. Lori beat her Houston chum, Zina Garrison, to win the crown.
2. Her spectacular one-two punch at the 1987 US Open, where she saved a match point to upset Garrison (again) in the fourth round and then became the first woman to stop Chris Evert before the semifinals at the US Open. Her run ended after a marvellous semi-final against Graf that McNeil lost 4-6 in the third.
3. Her two first round defeats of Graf, at the 1992 Slims finals and then, even more memorably, at Wimbledon 1994. The latter made her the first woman to send the defending champ packing in the first round at Wimbledon.
4. The 1988 French Open mixed doubles crown with Jorge Lazano.

I'd love to hear more about Lori from folks who saw her play more than I did. (I've only seen her in action three times: the 1987 Open semis, 1R Wimbledon 1994, and her loss to Martinez in the '94 Wimbledon semis). Has there been any woman since who's tried her strategy of coming in on everything, including her opponent's first serves?

Indexed.

Calvin M.
Sep 18th, 2010, 11:54 AM
Have never seen a McNeil thread since I joined this forum. Saw Lori play several times in the 80's and 90's (all in Flushing). You cited her career highlights (all good ones) but the one that sticks out in my mind is that I would've loved to have seen her play Navratilova in the '94 Wimbledon final. McNeil had Martinez on the ropes in their semi but couldn't close it out. Garrison said in 'Hard Courts' that they had a prickly relationship. I'd be interested in hearing McNeil's side of the story.

daze11
Sep 20th, 2010, 10:38 PM
Great Info on Lori here:
http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/partypictures/2006/08_28_06/images/tennis/CRubinMNavrLMcNeil_082406_1.jpg
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http://web.wm.edu/tenniscenter/2006inductees/mcneil.html

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) ??? Chris & Wendy beat Zina Garrison/Barbara Potter 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in the semis...so not sure what year they really mean?)

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

nelslus
Sep 21st, 2010, 03:35 AM
WTA Mentor Appreciation Award for two-year mentorship of Vera Zvonareva 2006
So, now we know who to blame. :tape:

samn
Sep 25th, 2010, 09:06 AM
So, now we know who to blame. :tape:

Well, we can't blame the mentors for everything. I mean, look at Martina Hingis. Who'd have thought that she'd end up chasing men after being mentored by the pious and virginal Chris Evert?

AdeyC
Sep 26th, 2010, 01:36 PM
I saw her play many times at both Brighton and Eastbourne - loved her game and like someone above said I would have loved to see her play Martina at Wimbledon.

tommystar
Sep 26th, 2010, 04:34 PM
Australian Open Doubles Finalist 1988 (with Zina Garrison) ??? Chris & Wendy beat Zina Garrison/Barbara Potter 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in the semis...so not sure what year they really mean?)


That was in 87 in the last final at Kooyong, Martina and Pam crushed Zina and Lori 6-1 6-0.

Calvin M.
Oct 10th, 2010, 07:35 PM
That was in 87 in the last final at Kooyong, Martina and Pam crushed Zina and Lori 6-1 6-0.

Ah, the days of the AO played on grass. Thanks for clearing it up.

trivfun
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:16 AM
Here is an article about Lori which involves former NBA player, John Lucas and how he helped her.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1010230/1/index.htm