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Jamie Murray takes fresh swipe at British tennis chiefs over Louis Cayer

Jamie Murray takes fresh swipe at British tennis chiefs over Louis Cayer


Jamie Murray was frustrated (Picture: Getty Images) Jamie Murray took aim at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) for failing to utilise the talents of Canadian coach Louis Cayer  Cayer linked up with the doubles player some 13 years ago and has been an integral part of the British tennis system for more than a decade  But Murray feels Cayer is undervalued within the LTA and tweeted his frustration earlier this week  ‘So GB now has 7 doubles players ranked 52 or better,’ he wrote. ‘Amazing what a great coach with a sound philosophy can achieve at a national federation pic.twitter.com/OfwFf8J2Mu  — Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray) January 17, 2019  ‘Congrats Louis for doing this again! Maybe the powers that be will finally open their eyes and ears to all the great work you do for British Tennis  ‘And don’t forget all the work he does with the singles players and their coaches ’ Advertisement Advertisement  Murray elaborated on his frutstration during his post-match conference following a win over British parining Luke Bambridge and Johnny O’Mara alongside partner Bruno Soares Top-ranked British doubles players  7. Murray20. Inglot27. Salisbury32. N. Skupski51 Bambridge54. K. Skupski55. O’Mara  Asked if the LTA recognised the value of Cayer, Murray replied: ‘I think Leon [Smith, Great Britain Davis Cup captain] does  ‘He’s the one that’s supported the doubles programme, especially the last year, and trusted in the guys and the work that Louis does to bring more guys through to the top again and have more people at these events, which I think is important for the health of our game  ‘I don’t know who won a singles match this week. You’ve got three people in the second round but we’ve got I think six different doubles teams in the second round and I think that’s important  ‘He has done an amazing job. I think everyone should be aware of that. It’s pretty impressive what he’s been able to do Murray and Soares reached round three (Picture: Getty Images) ‘We’re a country who’s desperate to show that we can have success at tennis and desperate to show that we can produce players and have a pathway, and you’ve obviously got someone there who knows how to do it and how to go about it  ‘I think they should listen to him more and have him more engaged at the top making decisions, and I don’t think that has been the case over the years Advertisement Advertisement  ‘And for me it’s a shame because he is world class at what he does and we’re desperate for that in our country It feels like a shame that he’s been under-utilised.’ Is Cayer under valued? (Picture: Getty) Soares echoed his partner Murray’s praise of Cayer and hailed him as the best he’d worked with  ‘He’s by far the best coach I’ve worked with,’ Soares added. His tennis knowledge is insane  ‘He makes guys play their best. One thing is to make [Roger] Federer number one, the other thing is to make somebody that’s supposed to be 150 be 50  ‘I think he brings the best out of every player. You can see what Jamie’s talking about, every guy that he works with, they improve, no matter what  ‘Some guys, they’re not going to be number one, top 10 or whatever, but he gets the best out of all of them It’s a treat to work with him.’  Cayer will head up the new Loughbrough University National Tennis Academy as performance director alongside head coach Nick Cavaday, but Murray insists he should be even higher ranked in the organisation  Cayer expressed an interest in becoming performance director of the LTA, a position filled by Simon Timson in late 2016, and Murray believes he should have taken on the role  ‘He should be doing that job, yeah,’ Murray added. ‘As a bare minimum. Murray is concerned by Cayer’s lack of recognition (Picture: Getty) ‘At least that or he could be in charge of coach education For the moment, I’d make the most of it. Advertisement  ‘For the greater good, he could be doing a lot and have a lot more influence and effect on British tennis if he was in the right position and being listened to  ‘I think even people at the LTA aren’t aware of all the things he can do. It’s not just coaching doubles  ‘So many of the coaches go to Louis for help with the players they work with. Or the players go to them, singles guys and girls, because they need help with parts of their games And they know he is the guy within the LTA that can help take them to the next level ’ More: Tennis Roger Federer reacts to winning Miami Open with thumping John Isner victory Stefanos Tsitsipas blasts umpires over ‘unfair’ Roger Federer special treatment Andy Murray’s tearful injury breakdown is painfully relatable to many young men Davis Cup captain Smith echoed Murray’s sentiments regarding Cayer’s impact, but insists the Canadian is highly valued by the LTA and will play an vital role in the organisation’s new performance strategy  ‘Louis is a world-class coach and a fantastic asset to us,’ said Smith.  ‘He plays a leading role in how we nurture the next generation of players and coaches and is pivotal to our success We are also proud in how we support our best doubles players in a unique and innovative way as a federation  ‘At the LTA we have an excellent new 10 year performance strategy, developed by our senior performance team Advertisement  ‘This includes launching two new National Academies in 2019, and Louis will be playing a leading role in delivering one of them in Loughborough Under Scott’s leadership I’m incredibly confident we have the right people in the right roles and the LTA is heading in the right direction ’ More: Tennis Federer and Nadal slammed as support for Djokovic emerges in Kermode row Federer, Djokovic & Nadal inject fresh uncertainty and excitement into clay season Rusedski gives verdict on Federer’s French Open chances after overtaking Djokovic & Nadal Advertisement Advertisement

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