Top 10 African-American Tennis Players of All Time
#9 Lori McNeil
Lori McNeil had a long and successful career playing in the WTA Tour for 19 years from 1983 to 2002. She won 10 Singles and 33 Doubles titles in her career. Her highest Singles ranking of World Number 9 was achieved in July 1988 and her career-best Doubles ranking was Number 4 which she attained in 1987, the same year that she won the WTA Most Improved Player Award.
Lori McNeil knew a thing or two in beating the legendary Steffi Graf. She handed the German great her first ever first round loss in a tournament in 7 years at the WTA Championships of 1992. In 1994, she shocked defending champion, Steffi in the opening round of Wimbledon - making it the only instance in the Championships history where a defending player has been knocked out in the opening round.
Lori McNeil's only Grand Slam title was the Mixed Doubles title which she won in the French Open on 1998 with her Italian partner Jorge Lozano.