- Born in San Diego, California and moved to Houston at 11 years old.
- Formative years spent on the tennis court at MacGregor Park alongside her close friend, Zina Garrison, guided by American Tennis Association champion John Wilkerson.
- McNeil attended Oklahoma State University on scholarship where she became an All-American collegiate player with three Big Eight Championship titles.
- McNeil captured 12 WTA tour singles titles, 40 career doubles titles, including the mixed doubles championship at the French Open.
- Lori scored a stunning first-round victory over defending champion Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in 1994, eventually reaching the semi-finals. Lori was ranked as high as #5 in the world during her career.
- Retired from tour in 2002, after a 17-year successful professional career Lori went on to be the Assistant Coach of the U. S. Olympic Women’s Tennis Team in 2004 and 2008.
- Awarded the WTA Mentor Appreciation Award in 2006.
- Served as coach for the women’s team in the World University Games in 2005.
- Inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000
- December of 2012 NcNeil Inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame.
- Worked as a High Performance Coach for the U.S. Tennis Association from 2004-2012.
- July of 2012 McNeil joined the Zina Garrison Academy as Director of Tennis and continues to coach, mentor and inspire future generations of tennis players.
Check out ABC 13’s recent footage of the Zina Garrison Academy!
If you’re new to ZGA, here’s what you need to do to participate:
- Make sure you fill out the application before coming to the park.
- Check what time your age group meets on the schedule.
- Come to the park when your age group meets!
*Make sure you wear tennis shoes and a baseball cap.
You’re ready to play!