“Louis is the LTA’s lead doubles coach and works with a number of leading British doubles players, including Colin Fleming, Ken Skupski, Ross Hutchins and Sarah Borwell, as well as the AEGON GB Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams and in the Olympic set-up to prepare the doubles teams. He also provides advice and support to coaches at International High Performance Centres (IHPCs) as part of the LTA’s drive to support the development of a network of high performance clubs in the UK.
Louis started his role at the LTA in March 2007. He has been coaching professionally for the last 40 years, a role he took up initially to pay for his education. He would coach throughout the summer holidays, at weekends and on some evenings to make enough money so he could study. On average he would work 20-22 hours a week while studying full time. At college he studied Pedagogy, the science of learning and teaching, and he studied until he was 24, when he became a full time tennis coach. When he had finished his education and taken up coaching as a full time career he moved onto the elite program with early success and as a result climbed up the coaching rankings quickly. He has always had an interest in education which led his drive to help out at coaching conferences and help inspire a whole generation of coaches. In addition Louis was the Canadian Davis Cup captain from 1989-2000 and coach of the Canadian men’s doubles gold medalists who won in Sydney in 2000. The doubles specialist has also worked and traveled with six top 100 ATP singles players and the number one doubles team from 1989-2000. He merits his success on being able to combine the players’ development in both singles and doubles.”
I am so glad to see your resurrection; it is always good to have different tennis voices, and one coming from the private sector is really important. I wish you all the best.
Five years ago, I chose to live in London to be with my fiancée Stella Maslen. The first year was challenging; I was still coaching a few players on the tour, but when I was in London I was teaching at two small outdoor clubs with only 3 courts and 40 members. Lessons were very frequently given in the rain, as we don’t stop lessons under such circumstances. Fortunately, a year after arriving, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) had a structural change and the new head of the organization offered me a job as the Performance Manager and doubles leader.
ONcourt: What is exactly your role with the LTA in England?
Louis Cayer: I am involved with the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, travel to all Grand Slams and other key tournaments with our best doubles players. I am a consultant for some of the best high performance centres in the country, instruct a few coaching courses, and involved with several players as a skill development consultant. It creates difficult scheduling at times, but I love the variety and the challenge. I am really happy here.
ONcourt: Do you see positive changes occurring at the LTA?
LC: I am pleased with the achievements the LTA has had. When I arrived in UK, their best doubles player was ranked 130 in the world, and in the last four years eight men reached the top 100 ATP ranking. Last week with 6 players in the top 100, we had the 3rd most of any country, after the U.S.A. (11) and Spain (9). I am, therefore, very appreciative of the support and trust provided to me by the LTA.
The LTA is very professional and very well organized. It is impressive how they address all the different aspects of tennis development- the positive results of such professionalism will show in several years.
ONcourt: You were involved with Greg Rusedski in Canada before he played for England. Do you have any type of contact with him? Is he an option to help the LTA in the future?
LC: This question, I believe, would be best answered by him. He is, however, very involved with the LTA, and was recently the captain of the Under 16 Champions of the European Winter Cup. He has also been recruited by the LTA as the Talent ID ambassador to help identify the future stars of British tennis, and the children love him. He is a consultant for our number 2 singles player, James Ward, and is involved in helping many other players. He also does quite a lot of tennis analysis on television, and occasionally plays on “the old timers” tour!
It was rather quite funny to be involved in my first Davis Cup tie with the team including Greg Rusedski and Jamie Murray, especially since Greg announced his retirement immediately following the match. We don’t often have the opportunity to work together, as we both travel a lot, but when we do it goes very well; we both have high performance values and promote similar ideas to players and coaches.
ONcourt: Louis, what is your philosophy that keeps you moving forward all the time?
LC: My philosophy as a coach remains unchanged: As a tennis coach we are coaching people first and coaching tennis second. We, therefore, need to develop performers (head, heart, legs) who play smart with effective strokes. We have three main roles: to inform (provide knowledge), to mould (develop competencies), and to transform (beliefs, values, and attitudes). It is the transformative function of my work that stimulates me most.
Wishing Pierre Lamarche, his family, his academy and On court all the best, and hoping to host you at Wimbledon.