Tennis enthusiasts in the West Midlands were given a unique opportunity to meet and learn from one of the world’s best tennis coaches.
Louis Cayer, the undisputed ‘number one doubles coach,’ headed to Birmingham for one day only to hold intimate breakfast and evening events and deliver two special masterclass coaching sessions for juniors and adults.
Organised by specialist coaching and tour operators Ethan Mason Sports and Tennis Smart, the action-packed event took place at Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club, with places offered on a first-come, first served basis.
Budding players and tennis lovers were able to explore Louis’ coaching methods and experience of working with 10 ‘top 100’ singles players and coaching Jamie Murray, whilst the latter was making his way to become the world number one in doubles.
He is also known for his skills development and writing all of the coaching manuals for the LTA, including technical aspects around movement on the ‘3 volleys.’
“This was the first time we were able to get Louis Cayer to visit the Midlands and make the most of his knowledge and expertise through a range of different activities that suit all ages,” explained John Donnelly, Chairman of Ethan Mason Sports.
It all kicked-off with an exclusive breakfast for nine people where guests asked Louis about his career, coaching tips and tales from the hundreds of tournaments he’s been part of.
We also got an ‘Audience With’ event for the evening, with Fix Radio Show Presenter Paul Burrell conducting an interview before opening up a Q&A to the floor.”
Juniors, adults and their coaches were also be able to take part in two coaching masterclasses, with Cayer providing on court-sessions covering technique, movement, the ‘three volleys’, match psychology and tips for playing as part of a doubles team.
Adding his support, he said: “I really enjoy these events, where you can talk tennis to people who love the sport and try to give them an insight into coaching that they perhaps would never normally get. Edgbaston has always been a great venue for tennis so I was delighted to be returning and meet lots of players and supporters.”
Also in attendance was Ethan Mason Sports Director Arnaud Benidor (a LTA and USPTA qualified coach and former hitting partner for Mark Philippoussis and the Williams sisters) and Sarah Borwell, Managing Director of Tennis Smart and a former British Number One ranked doubles player, who has played at all four Grand Slam tournaments.
John concluded: “We had lots of people sign-up, so space was at a premium. Just imagine telling the people at your tennis club that you’ve been coached by Louis Cayer and, better still, showing them what you can do after enjoying his expert coaching.”