Zina Garrison Academy Coach

ZGA ,Tennis Professional Lori McNeil

  • 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.

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