In 1994, Lori McNeil caused one of the biggest upset in tennis history by defeating Steffi Graf in the first round at Wimbledon. That year, McNeil went on to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon before losing to eventual-champion Conchita Martinez.
During her a 17-year professional career, she captured 10 singles and 32 doubles titles.

Following her retirement in 2002, McNeil served as the Assistant Coach of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Tennis Team in 2004 and 2008. She also worked as a High Performance Coach for the United States Tennis Association from 2004 through 2012.

Lori McNeil has now joined Houston’s Zina Garrison Academy as Director of Tennis. The Academy, founded by Wimbledon finalist Zina Garrison and her coach John Wilkerson in 1993, provides 50 weeks a year of free programming to all children in the Houston area.
The mission of ZGA is to develop stars in the classroom, on the tennis court, and in the community by providing educational support, positive role models, parent education, and excellent tennis instruction.

In conjunction with McNeil’s arrival at the Zina Garrison Academy, the Board of Directors has commissioned a set of three silver coins featuring the images of Zina Garrison, Lori McNeil, and John Wilkerson.
The first edition of these coins will be offered as an auction item at the Zina Garrison Academy‘s upcoming gala luncheon at the Houstonian Hotel on Monday, November 19, 2012. For tickets and information, call Linda Elliott at (713) 857-3167.

More infos on Zina Garrison Academy website.