Jamie: I mean one thing that I think we, well not me personally, but you guys to better than everyone else is scouting and the match analysis and involved in the
preparation for us getting on court and playing, maybe you can just talk a little bit about what goes into that and maybe
how that’s sort of developed over the last years, because it has changed a
lot hasn’t it? Louis: Yeah, but first were quite privileged because the LTA put some
performance analysts at our service so not only the opponent’s are scouted, but your own game so we have every point being tagged so for let’s say for scouting I
could say I want to see all the second serve of the opponent what they’ve done
in the first two three matches and every time they poach I want to see that
or every time you do i-formation, I want to see how they do that, so with the
tagging system done at the LTA I can go specifically and get all the information
that I want. On the other hand Alan, Alan McDonald who travels full-time
and we work together as your coaches, Alan scouts everyone and come back and
what what do you look for? We hear that word ‘anticipation’ but people think
anticipation is to find out what the opponent will do all the time, what we
look to do is to see what the opponent never do, so if we know that someone
never do that that’s very, very important, so you guys don’t have to worry about that.
If guys never lob you can stay closer, if the guy never serve a ‘T’
or wide second serve, which many players don’t do, but you know you can
also cheat your position. So we do that, we try to look at their
patterns, we try to see when they do especially like i-formation, do they open the line a lot or not, yeah we try to look at the patterns. The key
thing for a coach is to manage all the time how much information we give you so
to give an example, the year you won US Open, I analysed, because they have
played four rounds before, I three, four hours, Alan put four hours and
someone of the LTA put three hours. We were having eleven hours of information
on their opponents just before the match or closer to matchI had so much
information and I decide to say ‘sorry Jamie just go and shine!’ I just wanted to
innate a bit your passion, your peak performance state than give you a lot of
information, so it’s always tricky as a coach you want as much information as
you may want to have or need but the way you transmit it to the players sometimes
it could be a lot of information if you are especially underdog you do more but
when you are the dog when your favorite and all this sometimes to keep it simple
and be sure you play your game style and a peak performance. Jamie: Yeah sometimes
that gets me doesn’t it, if I get like too much information and just
overthinking about where I should be serving, where they might serve, where they might return, like who’s crossing, who’s not, like and then it’s the point that you know you just can’t play it like and often
I’m like well at the end of the day I’m still one of the best players in the
world so if I go out and play my game and play it well, you know it’s gonna be
more than a match for anybody else on the other side of the net. Louis: Yeah and right now you’re at the stage of your carrier where this is exactly what I want to focus on, you play your game you bring the uncertainty, you bring
so much variation that people have to adapt to you and don’t adapt up so much to people you need some basic one but just go there implement your game style and
you’re different so it’s tough for people to adjust to you, a lot of
people play the same way so it’s easy for you to adapt to them, it’s
tough for them to adapt to you. So go out there and enjoy and at the time we speak I wish you at least one slam this year, the next one will be the French Open and
then hopefully Wimbledon. All the best. Jamie: Cheers Louis.

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Dennis Veasley

4 thoughts on “Scouting Opponents – Jamie Murray with Louis Cayer”

  1. hey guys really appreciate what you're doing for the game of doubles and for the game of tennis itself. I wish there are more humble professional tennis players and coaches like yourself to share wisdom and knowledge

  2. Thanks for opening up and sharing guys! Super nice to get an insight into how you guys are using technology and match analysis to inform yourself before an upcomming match. Really liked the point of sometimes simply betting on your
    strenghts and avoiding information overload.

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