Ask me anything about being a professional tennis player

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  1. kaku

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    Do you like sliding on hardcourts? I hear John McEnroe say lots of juniors do it now
     
  2. fpeliwo

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    Out of all the juniors, I probably slide the most on hardcourts, and also more aggressively than anyone on the junior tour, so yes, I do like to slide on hardcourts.
     
  3. fpeliwo

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    I don't know much about the 2 year ranking system, but I believe that one that is in place now works just fine. There is no reason to change it, in my opinion.

    I don't really base my game off anyone's technique. It's more tactically that I would emulate a top player.
     
  4. JacksDad

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    Filip,

    If you can think back over the last 10 years, can you name one thing in each year that was important in terms of your tennis development, i.e. mastering drop shots/slice, serving over 100 mph, saving match points and winning a major tournament, beating a high level junior much older than you, etc.

    I think alot of us would be interested in knowing some of the details of your journey from being a little kid barely hitting the ball over the net to being the top junior in world.
     
  5. Lovely_Bone

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    How do you slide on hardcourts? Any tips? I spent about two weeks on clay, and when I came back to hardcourts I was suddenly able to slide like a beast without even thinking about it. It's been a few months since I've played on clay, and I've since lost the ability to slide on hardcourts :(
     
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    Which balls are used most often at the tournaments?

    Which balls are your favorite to play with? And why?

    Do you string at different tensions for the type of balls?
     
  7. TennisLovaLova

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    that's some good training you do! tx for the info

    I modestly give you this advice: be careful not to slide too much imo
    everyone saw what happened to La Monf'...
     
  8. fpeliwo

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    I find Wilson US opens are used at most tournaments in the States. I really liked the Australian Open balls, as well as the ones used at the US Open, which are apparently Australian Open balls with the US Open logos.
     
  9. fpeliwo

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    I don't really know, I just do it. As you said, it helps when you come back from clay. I usually train on the green clay we have, so I guess that is the main reason I slide a lot.
     
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    As far as off court training goes, how often do you run and how many miles do you run? Do you keep track of things like how fast you can run one mile?
     
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    When you prepare to face people a lot older than you, do you get nervous since they're more experienced than you are?
     
  12. fpeliwo

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    We run quite a bit. I don't know the exact calculations, we just run for a certain amount of time, or a certain number of laps around the park and pond outside. I don't know what the distance of that would be.
     
  13. fpeliwo

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    No, I just play them as I would against anyone else.
     
  14. Sinner

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    Hi Filip,

    Hey, I was just watching your Wimbledon highlights on Youtube! Congrats!

    No question from me (for now anyway :p) as I'm sure you've been pretty overwhelmed by all the questions thus far! But thanks taking the time to do this!

    Also, great to see that you're a Pete and Andre fan! My personal, all-time, favs!

    Welcome aboard!
     
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  15. treblings

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    Glad to have you on the boards, Filip:)

    no questions from me either at the moment.
    saw your countryman Pospisil play very well yesterday in Vienna.
     
  16. The Great Rafa

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    Do you own any pro gear stuff, ai mean Nadal or Fed stuff you'd collect?
    Tnx
     
  17. heumy

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    Hi Filip,

    I'm currently studying at UBC and from Victoria originally, good to see another Canadian making a name for himself in the tennis world!

    I'm wondering what your stance is on soreness. You mentioned that you train up to 6 hours a day. Are you at the point where you train so much and have such a thorough stretching routine that you don't feel sore? If so, how long did it take you to achieve this? Thanks in advance.
     
  18. thejackal

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    haha not sure what you mean by insane (either intense, or disgusting). but been cutting out gluten and carbs out completely 6 days out of 7, and it's worked for me.
     
  19. FluxCapacitor

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    Congratulations to Filip, who was just named Canada's junior athlete of the year!

    Also, a question: Why do players always take 3 or 4 balls, discarding 1 or 2 before serving? I mean, presumably you're using near brand new balls. Is it ever obvious that there are some balls that look better than others?
     
  20. adil1972

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    what do you like and hate the most about tour
     
  21. tennishotdog

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    Hi Filip
    This is awesome thread, dont know if this has been answered already but

    Do you think your height/size may be at a disadvantage for success in pro tennis? Some people say you aren't big enough to possess the major weapons (ie. big serve, big forehand) that are important assets to have for success(ie. top 50) on the pro tour.

    Have you gave any thought to playing college instead of going pro right away like most juniors in the US are doing? You gain more experience playing in college and for someone of your caliber the scholarships you'd get practically pays for your post-secondary education.

    Having a university/college degree in something other than tennis is a great fallback option in case things dont work out on the pro tour.

    Not saying it would happen with you but there have been cases of players having great success and dominating in juniors but then they could never accomplish much once they join the pro tour. They could barely make ends meet playing low level challenger events and they get burned out really fast doing this day in day out for so many years.
     
  22. treblings

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    I do have a question for you on footwork.
    i´m quite sure you´ve done a lot of drills, but has your coach worked with you specifically on what kind of steps to use for different strokes and what stance you should use? or has he given you the freedom of choice?

    i hope you understand what i mean with this question, as i can feel a bit of a language barrier right now:)
     
  23. TennisKid1

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    At what age did you consider going professional at? Did you ever consider going to college and playing or were your sights always set on going directly on tour?
     
  24. nn

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    Did you play with red-orange-green balls during 10 & under? OR you started with regular balls.

    USTA is pretty aggressive in promoting soft balls for 10& under kids in USA.

    Thanks
     
  25. Tennisguy3000

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    Hey Filip,

    Congrats on: "FILIP PELIWO NAMED JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR"

    http://tennisbc.org/component/content/article/42-rokstories/229-big-honour-for-peliwo

    I cant wait to watch you play & cheer you on. I just played my last match at your home club over the weekend (North Shore Winter Club). Made it to the finals but tanked it from there lol.

    Take care man & keep posting. Cheers ~ Graham

    P.S. Have you every used any stationary tennis trainers like the PracticeHit or other such like devices in between matches. The PracticeHit tennis trainer is actually made in Vancouver & I know the inventor & owner. I am sure he would be happy to send you out a unit for testing ;-) http://practicehit.com/

    Videos Here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD_mmprJVS5pNMT6XiC5tc0vXij1tuZuC
     
  26. veroniquem

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    Wonderful news. Congrats! We need fresh American talent to go big in the future!
     
  27. Fed Kennedy

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    Lol. North American?
     
  28. veroniquem

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    Well, yes. I guess US would be better for us but Canadian will do :)
     
  29. stringertom

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    Hi Filip!

    I'm a little late getting on the thread and scanned the first half of the existing posts so if any of my questions are rehashes, I apologize.

    I have worked with another BC pro named Phillip (Bester) at Futures events. He was always easy to work with and we did tinker with a few set-ups pre-tourney one year when he was direct acceptance and arrived in Florida early to get his (green) clay legs. I noticed you play BBO @54# (dependent on machine type). Do you ever adjust for surface or climate conditions? Also, are you open to trying hybrids, either with gut or different types of polys? IMO, your style of play could very well benefit from a gut hybrid and will protect your arm much better from the dreaded DelPotro-type of arm injury. Hopefully, your team can coax some support from Wilson to defray the extra $$$.

    Second, I saw that someone asked you about books you've read but I didn't catch your response. If I can recommend, Tilden's Match Play & The Spin Of The Ball. Your description of how you play important points mirrors Tilden's advice. It's written old-old-old-school style (from the 1930's) but it still is a handy blueprint for tactics and psychology. Also, Timothy Gallwey (sp?) wrote a great psych book...The Inner Game Of Tennis in the 70's. Still a great read!

    Does TC have you prospects work with sports psychologists at all? A lot of top pros in many sports hire them on when the bankroll allows that extra touch.

    Good luck with your career! It was a very nice touch starting this thread as you have convinced a lot of us of your enthusiasm for the sport we all love. I can't wait for you to succeed. I think your endorsement of controlled aggression on the court is something you seem to grasp as the right overall approach to the right career path. Baby steps lead to healthy bigger steps in your prime. You'll get there!
     
  30. PrinceMoron

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    Hey TWH can't you add 20,000 postings onto fpeliwo status?
    Rookie is just not respectful here. Make that 30,000.
     
  31. fpeliwo

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    I feel sore no matter how much I stretch. I'm just used to it. Definitely helps to stretch and get massages though.
     
  32. fpeliwo

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    I do it to focus, and to pick out the best ones (or what I think are the best ones)
     
  33. fpeliwo

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    I love the fact that I can do what I love as a career, but I don't like the fact that sometimes I can be travelling alone for months on end.
     
  34. fpeliwo

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    I don't believe I am at a disadvantage because of my height. I am 5'11 and still growing, so that is not far from the ideal height of 6'1/6'2. Ferrer is 5'9 and he still dominates.

    I did consider it, but my dream was always to go pro, so I worked for that goal. I don't believe that you get more experience in college, as you said. I think that more experience comes from playing at the professional level, against the top players.

    As far as funding goes, it shouldn't be too much of a burden for at least the next 2 years.
     
  35. LeeD

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    After your next match, you will meet several other players in the same boat as you, and you will get together to share travelling expenses, living accomodations, mutual contacts, and things roll smoother and easier as you go.
    You will never be alone, as there's first of all, 30 other guys going thru the same schedule, endless #'s of groupies, and with your outlook and manner, you'll be fighting off people wanting to jump on your bandwagon.
     
  36. pound cat

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    Filip I hope you realize that your thread is one of the best and most popular threads on this board in all the years I've been posting here. Hugely informative, no insults of people's posts by other posters, no sidetracking to posts about the usual top players (no names needed). You have created a thread that is of great interest to many, many people here...Thank's a lot.
     
  37. veroniquem

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    Alone? You don't have a team around you? Do you have friends among the other players? Or does competitivity on the court prevent you from being too friendly with the other guys?
    Thanks for taking the time to post here, it's really cool!
     
  38. LeeD

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    Few player's travel alone. In company, there is strength, but more important, more resources to draw from. Rides, tips on where to eat, friends to stay with, group packaging, when to enter, what to do.
     
  39. pound cat

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    Congratulations Filip...you deserve it.

    http://www.tsn.ca/tennis/story/?id=407607

    CALGARY -- Vancouver's Filip Peliwo capped an impressive 2012 on Wednesday by being named Canada's junior athlete of the year.

    The 18-year-old tennis player won the boys' junior title at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

    Peliwo beat out ski jumper Alexandra Pretorius and wrestler Dorothy Yeats for the honour at the Canadian Sport Awards.

    "This is such a great honour to be considered Canada's top junior athlete of the year," said Peliwo, who became the first player in 28 years to reach the junior final at all four Grand Slams. "This award caps an unbelievable season and pushes me even more to improve as I move to the professional circuit."

    Peliwo rose to No. 1 on the ITF junior world rankings on July 9 -- the first Canadian to do so -- and will end 2012 in top spot.

    He is also the only Canadian to win two junior Grand Slam singles titles.
     
  40. fpeliwo

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    Thanks! No, I almost never used ball machines. Certainly not anymore.
     
  41. stringertom

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    Homesick...yes. Alone...never!

    No man is an island
    Entire of its own
    Each is a continent
    A part of the main...John Donne

    Keep the chin up, young man! (a bit of advice that works well for service technique, too!)
     
  42. fpeliwo

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    Yeah I did work on which movement/steps is most effective for any certain situation. It's tough to explain without being able to show you though. It's very important to move as efficiently as possible.
     
  43. fpeliwo

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    I always wanted to be a pro. I didn't make that decision until I was older, but that was the plan from the start. I did give college a thought, but that was always a back up option.
     
  44. fpeliwo

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    I always played with regular tennis balls. I never really enjoyed playing with the soft ones anyway, as I loved hitting the ball hard and seeing it go fast.
     
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    Congratulations on your winning of Canada's junior athlete of the year. Nice to be reminded that they do more than play hockey up there!!! Ha ha ha! (that's a joke, guys)
     
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    I know Phil very well. I usually adjust it depending on the climate, which as I'm sure you know, affects the tension.

    I am definitely open to trying out hybrids, just haven't found any I like as much as the full poly. Haven't tried natural gut though.

    I will check those books out, thanks!

    We don't really work that much with sports psycologists on a regular basis, although I know one in BC that I talk to sometimes.
     
  47. fpeliwo

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    Haha yeah there's always a way to figure something out. So far it seems like there will be a lot of options for me, as everyone is pretty enthusiastic about helping out, as you said.
     
  48. fpeliwo

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    It's my pleasure, I enjoy all the questions from you guys. It's nice to see people are interested with where my tennis takes me, and what I have to say about it all.
     
  49. fpeliwo

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    Well I have a coach, and there's usually someone I know around at the tournaments, but mainly I am talking about the travel/accomodation aspect. Taking flights, having a hotel room to myself (which definitely has it's upside, by the way!). It's always nice to have a couple of friends that you train with to travel with, have meals, and just hang out with.
     
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    It's not something that bothers me too much, as I am quite used to it. I guess homesick is a better way to put it. I am never truly "alone". I meant it in the sense that I am away from my friends and family, and travelling with one or two people for months. As I said already, it's not something that bothers me a lot.
     

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